Fox News covered the new high-speed rail project that is scheduled to begin on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in 2013,saying it will unlock “the region’s full economic,tourist and social potential.” The Merida-Punta Venado Trans-Peninsular Train project will be built under either a concession or public-private partnership contract,according to a recent announcement by President Enrique Peña Nieto.
The project will reportedly use existing tracks,which will be modernized and expanded. It is expected to begin sometime later this year,most likely between September and October.
“This project not only will enable the transportation of passengers,who will be able to travel quickly and safely,but will also be a means of cargo transport that facilitates trade and the shipping of merchandise from Yucatan to the State of Quintana Roo,” stated Peña Nieto.
It is the first project to be announced in the region since the president took office on December 1,2012,but it will definitely not be the last for Riviera Maya real estate. In fact,there is also a new international airport in the works for the town of Tulum,which lies just south of Playa del Carmen and Cancun.
The train’s route will run from the town of Merida to Punta Venado,which is the port of arrival for cruise ship passengers coming from the island of Cozumel in the state of Quintana Roo,according to Mexico’s Communications and Transportation Secretary,Gerardo Ruiz Esparza.
“According to the project plans,a modern,diesel-powered train traveling at speeds of between 160-180 kilometers (100-110 miles) per hour will be used to cover the route,” shared Ruiz. “The high-speed line will connect tourists to the region’s most significant Maya sites and travel times will be coordinated with the arrival of cruise ships.”