Metro Tasqueña is a major terminal station on Line 2. People arrive here to transfer to any number of Intercity Buses, from the important bus terminal here. They also come to transfer to the city’s only remaining light rail service which connects to the center of Xochimilco, in the Barrio San Pedro. The service requires the purchase of another ticket or swiping your Metro Card again.
The station is named for the old Calzada Taxqueña. The name refers to the silver-mining town, Taxco, in the state of Guerrero. The station logo makes reference to silver’s association with the moon. The causeway runs east-west from the famous Culhuacan former Monastery in Iztapalapa to the Calzada de Tlalpan. There the name changes to the Avenida Miguel Angel de Quevedo before continuing straight west across the south of the City.
You may see the name written Taxqueña, although that spelling is rarer today. Like Indios Verdes and El Rosario, Metro Tasqueña serves as a maintenance garage for the trains on the line. That means, it takes up a good footprint within the neighborhood. With the bus-stations already serving the terminal station, you’ll want to pay special attention to the directional signs as it’s a big station.
- The Metro Tasqueña station plays host to four mosaic murals by the Mexico City artist, Alberto Castro Leñero. Born in 1951, his work has been widely exhibited. The complete work is titled Elementos. Thefour hexagonal murals are each 11 meters long and 3 meters high. Sub-titled Fire, Breath, Blue, and Horizontal, they’re each related, respectively to the four elements: earth, water, wind, and fire. The work was completed in collaboration with 60 people who attached about 25,000 pieces of Talavera-style mosaic tiles.
The Metro here is surrounded by densely populated residential neighborhoods. Most passengers will transfer to other transit modes.
Of local sites, most important is the Musicial Tianguis. Just east of the station, use the southern exit towards the Light Rail. Then follow calle Puerto Rico west to the corner with the Cerro del Músico street.