Metro Viaducto is named for the Viaducto Miguel Alemán which crosses the Calzada de Tlalpan here and becomes the Viaducto Río de la Piedad. These are just two sections of the major urban highway that’s crossed the city, east-west, since it opened in 1950. It’s first stretch, all the way in the west is called Viaducto Río Becerra. Because it’s so many Viaductos, most city drivers will simply call it Viaducto.
The station logo represents the clover interchange just north of the station. Locally, the station serves the neighborhoods of Viaducto Piedad and Moderna to the east, and colonia Álamos to the west. The station sees about 19,000 passengers every day.
- The Viaducto to the west of the station is named for the former Mexican President, Miguel Alemán Valdés (1900-1983). He was president from 1946 to 1952.
- The Viaducto to the east of the station is named for the Río de la Piedad, the river that’s actually intubated for much of the length of the highway.
- The river, in its turn, was named for the Pueblo Originario, La Piedad Ahuehuetlán. Don’t confuse that small town with the neighborhood to the east, colonia Viaducto Piedad. In fact, the original ancient village is usually thought to have been further west on the Viaducto. Most researchers today put the 16th-century fishing village on an island that came to be today’s neighborhood of Piedad Narvarte. Today it’s home to the Parque Delta shopping center, and the truly startling church of Nuestra Señora de la Piedad.
Like most of the stations on this stretch of Metro Line 2, and the Calzada de Tlalpan, Metro Viaducto has just two exits, east and west. It’s an easy station to navigate. The neighborhoods on either side are a treat to visit. Check out the public markets in either Álamos or in La Moderna.