Published On: Thu, Apr 24th, 2014

Transpeninsular Train Project postponed until 2018

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Even though there has not been an offcial announcement, it is said on the media that the Mexican Federal Government will postpone the Yucatán – Quintana Roo Transpeninsular Train Project for the next presidential administration.

With a total investment of 22. 18 billion pesos, according to Directorate General of Railways of the Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT ) – the construction of the project could start during this administration, but it will be concluded after 2018 .

During the Mexican Academy of Engineering Congress known as “The Vision of the Mexican Engineering Structural Reforms“, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Carlos Almada made ​​reference to the commitment of the Federal Government with the passenger’s train projects in different parts of the country for this administration.

He said the Mexico DF -Toluca and Mexico DF -Querétaro passenger train projects will be finished by December 2017 , one year before the end of the present administration.

He explained that the Infrastructure Investment Programme 2013-2018 foresees a total investment of 100.1 billion pesos for an efficient, safe and sustainable  mobility development project, that will improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the local population.

The Toluca-DF and Querétaro-DF railway projects alone demand 82.1 billion, representing 82% of the total construction investments of the three train projects.

The Mexico -Toluca railway project has a length of only 57.7 kilometers (36 miles), it  will operate with 15 trains that will mobilize 305,000 people daily;  its maximum speed is 160 km (100 miles) per hour, the amount of investment is 36.6 billion pesos, and it is scheduled to start operations in December 2017.

The Mexico – Queretaro railway project has a length of only 210 kilometers (130 miles), it will operate with 12 trains with a maximum speed of 300 km (187 miles) per hour, the amount of investment is 43.5 billion pesos, and it is scheduled to start operations in December 2017.

Regarding the Transpeninsular Train Mérida – Punta Venado, the Mexican newspaper “El Universal” published an article on March 6, stating that the Communications and Transport (SCT), and the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) Secretariats requested the suspension of the project, after reviewing the assessment on environmental impact of this railroad that would connect the states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo with over 300 km (187 miles) of railways, the Federal Government decided to reschedule its operation for 2018.

Train Route

Statement (EIS -R) in their regional pattern was subjected to the procedure of Environmental Impact Assessment ( PEIA ) of the General Directorate of Environmental Impact and Risk ( DGIRA ) SEMARNAT , February 11 .

The Environmental Impact  evaluation began on February 14, however , a few days after the admission of this document , the Directorate General of Railways of the SCT withdrew further process of evaluation.

The arguments or reasons given by the SCT to desist proceeding with the assessment procedure of the project have not been made public so far.



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