The construction of the Mayan Train, in the section corresponding to Quintana Roo, will represent an investment of at least 41.6 billion pesos, an average of 80 million pesos per kilometer, confirmed the next Fonatur delegate in the state.
Rogelio Jiménez Pons, next delegate of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur), confirmed that the estimated investment per kilometer of track is that expensive, because there are no roads in the state.
In the case of Quintana Roo, a total of 521 kilometers will be considered to cross the municipalities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad, Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Bacalar and Othón P. Blanco.
He recalled that the entire project, which covers a network of 1,525 kilometers in Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Chiapas and Tabasco, will be executed with an investment of between 120 and 150 billion pesos.
Its construction will be carried out in two parts; the first will start from Palenque to Valladolid, since at that point there is an old line that can be modified and used for passengers.
The second part will be in the points where there is no infrastructure that runs from Escárcega to Tulum, and a call for tenders of the executive project will be launched for this section of the project; while the rest of the stretch will start later.
The state stations will be located in Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Bacalar, which will be built through an Investment and Real Estate Trust that Fonatur will develop.
“We are going to do induced works, that is, to raise bridges, remove cables, drainage that will allow generating the integration of work packages that will be delivered to the private initiative,” he added.
According to the next federal official, 50% of the investment will come from the private sector and the 50% from the public sector, although the construction will depend on a public consultation, in case the people say that the project is not feasible, it will be canceled, however, at least in southeast Mexico 80% of the surveys are in favor.
Jiménez Pons announced that starting next week, the government will begin to provide more information to the public about the Maya train, especially in the environmental issue that is the most concerned, thus conducting the aforementioned public consultation.
RMT Newsroom with information from SIPSE