A new high-speed bullet train is coming to Mexico’s Riviera Maya and construction is scheduled to begin in 2019 according to Quintana Roo senator-elect José Luis Pech Várguez. The visionary project was a campaign proposal made by president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador and will connect major tourism hotspots and vacation destinations like Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Tulum with a variety of archaeological zones in Campeche and Chiapas.
“The upcoming project will be an investment of 100 billion pesos”, wrote the Riviera Maya News. “The new train will be used to develop cultural tourism in the state’s archaeological zones”.
According to Pech Várguez, the first section will include the Cancun-Tulum line, which will take approximately two years to complete.
“I understand that they will make some adjustments to the route of the line and will define [at least] three stops”, explained the senator elect. “Two could be Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos, the third perhaps Tulum on the Cancun-Tulum route”.
The project involves government, private initiative and owners of the ejido land where the railway line will be placed, with Mayans who own some of the land participating as partners of the project. The bullet train will reach top speeds of up to 130 kilometers per hour and will function as a passenger train to promote tourism, which is part of what makes this project very different from a similar trans-peninsular train that was proposed a few years ago by the current administration.
Expected to be a six-year project, the Riviera Maya bullet train will begin construction next year in Cancun. It is part of the president-elect’s pledge to support booming tourism in the region, which stretches south from Cancun for more than 80 miles and includes the picturesque Caribbean beach towns of Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum.
Upon completion, the new bullet train will make it easy for visitors who fly into Cancun to spend time in the Riviera Maya – home to the best beaches in the world – and also visit some of Mexico’s most breathtaking ancient Mayan ruins in the country’s best archaeological zones.
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