Visitors to Mexico City often head straight into the Edomex communities of Naucalpan de Juárez, Tlalnepantla, Atizipán de Zaragoza , Cuautitlán, and Cuautitlán Izcalli, among others. They often get there via Metro Cuatro Caminos. Service to the station has operated only since 1984. Prior to that the Line 2 Terminal had been at Metro Tacuba.
Across many generations, Cuatro Caminos continues to be referred to as “Toreo.” The Toreo, the bullfighting ring, was named for these four roads, and the Metro station, for this bullfighting ring.
The four roads referred to in the name of Metro Cuatro Caminos were Azcapotzalco, Chapultepec, Naucalpan, and far to the east, Tenochtitlán. The Nahau names, Nauh-Campa, “towards the four directions,” and Nahui-Calli-Pan, “over the four houses,” similarly predate the current name of Naucalpan.
Today, the terminal for Line 2 of the Metro is on the site where the bullfights were held for more than 100 years, from 1894 until 1996. As bullfighting waned as an entertainment spectacle, the arena was increasingly used for other spectacles. The final fight of “El Santo” took place here in 1982, and the site was increasingly used for concerts and movies.
In 2014, Metro Cuatro Caminos was the second busiest station in the system, after only Indios Verdes, with about 106,000 passengers moving through every day! Many of them are traveling from the northwest suburbs onto the rest of Mexico City, and many of them will return home each evening.