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López Obrador Buys Wagons for Mayan Train

Wed, 05/04/2022 - 14:33

President López Obrador has signed the final documents for the purchase of 42 trains and 210 wagons that will be part of the Mayan Train project, according to Forbes. The signature took place at the construction yard where the components will be built, located in Sahagún, Hidalgo and owned by French mobility conglomerate Alstom-Bombardier. The president noted that it was in these same facilities that several Mexico City Metro wagons were manufactured and supplied to his government when he was mayor of the capital in the early 2000s. 

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SHCP Promotes International Mayan Train Connectivity

The Mayan Train is to connect with other key projects, states and even countries, announced the finance ministry at the Nearshoring: Fostering Investment Opportunities in Mexico forum organized by The Council of the Americas. Minister of Finance Rogelio Ramírez announced that the Mayan Train will be linked to the Interoceanic Corridor and will have a connection with Guatemala, boosting the economic development of Oaxaca, Chiapas and other Central American countries. “The Yucatan Peninsula lacks connection, a railway system is an ideal construction because there used to be a rail that connected the ports of Chiapas and Yucatan…The corridor’s railway is being restored for cargo and passenger transport, it will be upgraded with a line that is should move from the Mayan Peninsula to the south: the Mayan Train,” Ramírez said. Among the Oaxaca-Guatemala section, a zone is to connect the Mayan Train to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and eventually to Central America.

CEMEX Releases Products for Sustainable Construction

CEMEX, one of the biggest cement companies in the world, is working on reducing its environmental impact as the construction industry demands more sustainable products. As a result of this effort, the company has developed Vertua, a type of low-emission concrete. The Vertua product line has provided over 2 million m³ of concrete to important infrastructure projects in Mexico. The product has been implemented in the restoration of the Queretaro-Irapuato highway and the Vasconcelos avenue in Nuevo Leon, as well as at the expansion of General Motors’s production plant in Silao, Guanajuato. The product was furthermore used in projects located in Sinaloa, Veracruz, Jalisco and Hidalgo, among others.

Government Announces Plan to Address AICM Saturation

The government announced it will issue a decree to reduce the arrivals and departures at AICM, Mexico City’s main airport, after it reported saturation in its two terminals. The decree will also help move flights to the new Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA).  The decree aims to reduce AICM’s 60 departures and arrivals per hour by 30 percent. This means the airport will manage 42 operations per hour. The decree will be issued in the coming months.

SICT Launches First Stage of Acapulco’s West Bypass

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport (SICT) started the first stage of operations of the western bypass in Acapulco, which will benefit over 800,000 inhabitants of the municipalities of Acapulco de Juarez and Coyuca de Benitez and will improve the travel times inside one of the country’s most important touristic destinations. The project required an investment of over US$208 million, obtained through a financing scheme of the National Fund for Infrastructure (FONADIN). It is 21km in length and 21m in width. The bypass has a four-lane capacity, with two lanes for each direction. It also includes three tunnels, four viaducts and three overpass connections. The bypass aims to connect the Del Sol highway and the Costa Grande region.

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