A major high-speedrail project in Mexico is closer than ever to becoming reality and will represent Mexico’s first high-speed train. The line will connect the city of Merida with the ruins of Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula,before continuing on to destinations in the Riviera Maya.
Merida to Chichen Itza & Riviera Maya
A Yucatan Trans-peninsular Train Project is also being discussed in earnest,following the positive results of expert studies. Last Wednesday,Gerardo Ruiz Esparza,the secretary of communications and transportation (SCT) in the state of Quintana Roo,announced a tender will be launched in early 2015 to make this line a reality by 2018.
“The agency reported that,for the trans-peninsular project,the most convenient route for its economic and social returns is from Merida to Chichen Itza and then to the Caribbean’s Riviera Maya and Puerto Punta Venado [in Playa del Carmen].”
The World Bank is reportedly considering providing financing for the project,after spending about $8 million on the feasibility study,according to Mexico’s El Universal newspaper. The study also looked at an existing 187-kilometer rail network to determine which,if any,of its sections could be repurposed.
Upon completion,the line will reportedly be capable of transporting tourists and local passengers the 278 kilometers from Merida to Playa del Carmen in about two hours and 35 minutes. An additional extension connecting these destinations to Cancun is also in the planning stage.
“It is becoming a very big project,very complicated ranging from Merida to Playa del Carmen,Playa del Carmen and Cancun,and we are working on it,” stated Ruiz Esparza.