Published On: Fri, Mar 7th, 2014

Transpeninsular Train should run to Cancun or Punta Venado?

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The new president of the Business Coordinating Council, José Manuel López Campos declared that the Transpeninsular Train route should run from Merida to Cancun International Airport, not to Punta Venado as the National Secretariat of Communications and Transportation is establishing.

“We do not know why they choose Punta Venado, but the Business Council suggests the Cancun Airport as the final destination,” he said. “In Punta Venado there is no airport, and it is not a major tourist destination.”

López Campos said that the construction of the Transpeninsular Train is good news for the State of Yucatán, the investment will be of more than $17 billion pesos ($1.28 billion dollars), it will generate hundreds of jobs and this type of rail infrastructure is needed for better connectivity.

However, keeping the route from Merida to Punta Venado in the first stage will delay the economic impact that is expected from this important project. And, since the Cancun International Airport moves 16 million passengers per year, and is the second place nationally in cargo, its great potential would be wasted.

All these arguments were presented in a letter sent by the Business Coordinating Council to the National Secretary of Communications and Transportation, the Governors of  Yucatan and Quintana Roo, and President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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  1. db says:

    The point is to get cargo from and to the interior; not people. The tourist orginizations that signed the letter want a pretty train; not cargo … high speed train? not likely the jobs that would be created during construction of any project would be good but it could not be viable as a regular passenger service. too costly to the public at large. Twice a year trips by tourists during winter months only would not pay the operating costs let alone recoup the initial outlay. Another 3P project gone wrong with the public/state paying for the benefit of the big hotel operators in Cancun. IMHO db

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