The local government of Mexico’s
Yucatan Peninsula,acting in conjunction with the Secretary of Communications
and Transport (SCT),announced earlier this month that plans have been approved
for the construction of a Trans-Peninsular train in the region. The government
bodies have completed an in-depth analysis of the Trans-Peninsular Light Rail
Transit project and are very satisfied with all of the legal,technical and
The new railway line is part of a
variety of efforts to bolster the already strong economy of the region and is
expected to increase business,tourist and real estate opportunities throughout
the entire Yucatan peninsula. The next step in getting the project off the
ground is taking place this week and involves the SCT and state government
officials meeting with the Investment Unit of the Ministry of Finance and
Public Credit (SHCP) to register the project and finalize funding prior to
breaking ground on construction.
Yucatan governor Ivonne Ortega
Pachesco and Secretary Dionisio Perez Jacome worked together throughout the
entire analysis phase of the project and are extremely pleased at the many new
opportunities the light rail system is expected to bring to the region. SCT has
given the go-ahead for an investment of $12 billion pesos pending final
registration of the project with the SHCP. The project could commence as early
as late 2011 or early 2012,according to Jeanette Rosado,who is currently
acting as executive secretary of the project.
The new Trans-Peninsular Light
Rail service will include the movement of cargo as well as the transfer of passengers,
and trains will reach average speeds of more than 120 kilometers per hour.
Routes are planned to cover an estimated total distance of more than 330
kilometers,which will include the areas of Merida,Yucatan and Punta Venado (near
Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya) in Mexico’s state of Quintana Roo.