Metro Lázaro Cárdenas serves the neighborhoods of Algarin, southern Obrera and Doctores, and Buenos Aires. On Metro line 9, it’s a fairly locals-only station. It also serves some of the neighborhoods in northeastern Benito Juárez. These are just below the Viaducto City Highway which is three blocks south of the station.
The station is named for the Lázaro Cárdenas Central Axis, i.e.; Eje Central, one of the most important northbound streets in the city.
The street, of course, is named for Lázaro Cárdenas del Río (1895-1970). As president from 1934 to 1940, Cárdenas is still most famous for expropriating petroleum from foreign companies and nationalizing the entire industry. He also welcomed Spanish refugees fleeing the Civil War in Spain. This had a lasting effect on the 20th century culture of the entire country.
Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas, upon its creation, replaced the names of six other avenues all running in the same place. The two still best remembered were San Juan de Letrán and the avenida Niño Perdido which ended here. The first part of the Eje Vial network (a system of numbering and organizing arterial streets in Mexico City, was opened in 1979.
A surprisingly bright station, though underground, it’s well illuminated during the day. Many passengers will exit at Metro Lázaro Cárdenas to transfer to the trolleybus running up and down Eje Central. The Parque de las Americas is just a few blocks south and west, along Diagonal San Antonio, which ends here at the intersection of Eje Central.
Eje 3 Sur, the east-west avenue, is here called Dr. Ignacio Morones Prieto to the west of Eje Central, and José Peón Contreras to the east.