Mayan Train Awards Latest ContractThu, 02/04/2021 - 18:48
FONATUR announced last Friday that it chose a contractor to build the southern half of the Mayan Train’s fifth segment. This segment will run from Playa del Carmen to Tulum. Nine consortiums participated in the tender. The winning consortium was led by México Compañía Constructora, which is a subsidiary of Mexican corporate giant Grupo México, most widely known for its involvement in the mining industry. The consortium also includes Acciona Infraestructuras México, Acciona Construcción and México Proyectos y Desarrollos. The bid calls for a total investment of approximately US$873 million. FONATUR’s press release says 10 consortiums have submitted their bids for the northern half of the train’s fifth segment, which will run from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen. The final decision in that tender is expected to be delivered on Feb. 10. The sixth and seventh segments are expected to be built by SEDENA.
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Government Denies Lack of Private Investment in Electric Grid
SEGOB head Olga Sánchez Cordero said during today’s morning press conference that the government is not rejecting private investment in the energy sector, in regards to President López Obrador´s initiative to reform the Electricity Industry Law. "I want to insist that we are not rejecting private investment in energy. At the moment, CFE can guarantee electricity reliability and continuous supply," Sánchez said. On Feb. 1, López Obrador sent to Congress an initiative to change the law stemming from the Energy Reform. The new law, if enacted, benefits CFE over the private sector and seeks to revoke permits that were previously granted. CCE said the new law is a direct expropriation that tries to prevent fair competition in the electricity sector, which violates the rights of free competition and legal certainty.
Mexico City Bike Mobility Increases 221 Percent
Bike mobility in Mexico City has increased a whopping 221 percent since March 2020, according to data from SEMOVI. Social distancing is hard to achieve inside a bus or the Metro, so people are now turning to bikes. After a historic increase in COVID-19 cases in the months of December 2020 and January 2021 and the collapse of six metro lines due to a fire, Mexico City citizens are now looking at bicycles as a safer and cheaper mobility alternative.
Still No Funding for Mexico City-Queretaro Train: SCT
SCT declared that there is no existing proposal to build the Mexico City-Queretaro train in any specific way, shape or form. SCT claims that it is still waiting for proposals from the private sector, since a lack of public funds mean that the project will only be developed with private financing. Infrastructure Undersecretary Cedric Iván Escalante Sauri says that “the federal government has no resources to build the Mexico City-Queretaro train.” An investment of almost US$2.5 billion is being sought from private development consortiums that could independently handle a concession to manage the project, which unlike the original project would call for the construction of a medium speed train, from 160 to 200km an hour, as opposed to the original project which called for high speed trains that could travel up to 300km an hour and make the 210km trip in less than one hour.
Major Rail Projects Recycling and Redistributing Railcars
SCT has announced that the train from Mexico City to the new Santa Lucia airport will use 10 of the 30 railcars that were previously delivered to be used by the Mexico City-Toluca train. SCT claims that the projected demand for the Mexico City-Toluca train is lower than originally expected and the remaining 20 railcars should be more than enough to satisfy the demand.