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Mayan Train Tickets Will Cost More For Tourists Than For Locals

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 18:30

The price for a ticket on the Mayan Train will change depending on whether the ticket holder is a tourist or a local, according to FONATUR Director General Rogelio Jiménez Pons in an exclusive interview with El Financiero. Although Jiménez Pons did not divulge the final price of a ticket, he claimed that FONATUR was planning to make sure that ticket prices for local residents of each stop would be roughly equivalent to that of public transportation, while prices for tourists could be worth  ten times that amount. 

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Santa Lucia Control Tower is Completely Safe: SEDENA

After a report published this week saying that the control tower of the Felipe Angeles Airport under construction in Santa Lucia presents a deviation or incline of 18cm, SEDENA authorities released a statement claiming that the control tower is one of the safest and most technologically advanced facilities of its kind at a global level. SEDENA also claims that the 88m high tower is able to withstand earthquakes that reach a grade of nine in the Richter scale without operational interruptions. 

BANOBRAS To Invest In Mayan Train And Transisthmic Corridor Connectivity

In an event hosted by the Civil Engineer School of Mexico (Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles de México or CICM), BANOBRAS official Carlos Mier y Terán Ordiales announced that the public bank plans on investing on the construction of a train that will connect the city of Palenque (which is the endpoint of the Mayan Train) with the port of Coatzacoalcos (one of the endpoints of the Transisthmic Corridor), in an effort to bring together two of this administration’s flagship projects.

State-Owned Company To Operate Mayan Train Plus Four Airports

In an effort to make the Mayan Train more profitable, the Mexican federal government announced its plans to create the Airport Railway Group, a state-owned company to operate the Mayan Train and four airports through a cross-subsidy. The set-in motion of the Mayan Train will be financed through assets generated by the airports located in Santa Lucia, Tulum, Chetumal, and Palenque. By doing so, it is expected that the assets will provide a balance in the deficit of the Mayan Train until the project becomes profitable.

International Chamber of Shipping Proposes Global Fuel Tax

In an effort to reach a carbon neutral shipping industry, which accounts for 2 percent of global carbon emissions, the ICS submitted to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) a proposal for a Market Based Measure (MBM) in the form of a global fuel tax. The fee would consist in a mandatory contribution from merchant ships of more than 5,000 gross registered tons operating worldwide, for each ton of CO2 emitted. The ICS, which represents more than 80 percent of the merchant fleet, presented a submission to the UN calling for an internationally accepted market-based measure to accelerate the uptake and deployment of zero-carbon fuels. The money collected as part of the tax would go into an ‘IMO Climate Fund’ which would be used to deploy the bunkering infrastructure required in ports throughout the world to supply fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, El Financiero
Photo by:   FONATUR