Mexican Army to Administrate the Mayan TrainBy Paloma Duran | Thu, 12/24/2020 - 14:20
In this week’s top stories, Mexico´s armed forces could administrate several sections of the Mayan Train. In other news, there are plans to change the name of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT). Moreover, the Transisthmic Corridor registered a 20 percent progress in its railway track.
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Military to Administer Three Sections of the Mayan Train
President López Obrador said the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) and the Ministry of the Navy (SEMAR) seem to be the best option to administer and provide security to the Mayan Train. As a result, the president is considering the armed forces to administer the project´s sections from Tulum, Quintana Roo, to Palenque, Chiapas, and the airports of Chetumal, in Quintana Roo, and Felipe Ángeles, in Mexico City.
Ministry of Communications and Transportation to Change Its Name
President López Obrador aims to change the name of the SCT and align it with Mexico’s National Development plan for 2019-2024, which seeks to “promote economic recovery, the domestic market and employment”. This change includes further adjustments needed to comply with austerity measures, as well as decreasing the consequences of the pandemic crisis.
The Good, the Bad and the Mexico-Queretaro Train
This project is expected to boost regional economic integration between Mexico City, Queretaro, and surrounding cities. Moreover, with the implementation of an electric traction that seeks to decrease greenhouse emissions, the train is part of the decarbonization process in Mexico. Nevertheless, the project has several obstacles as the implementation of high-velocity technology, which is extremely expensive.
The Transisthmic Corridor advances
This year, the Transisthmic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec had an advancement of 87 percent in the construction of 130 meters of docks in the Port of Coatzacoalcos, meanwhile, the renovation of the railway track has advanced 20 percent. The Isthums Program seeks to boost regional and local economy, besides generating new jobs.
Ignacio Zaragoza Avenue will have a double deck
According to the Official Gazette (DOF), the project includes an extension of 12.7 kilometers that will pass through the Venustiano Carranza, Iztapalapa and Iztacalco municipalities. Mexico City Mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, said the project is part of Mexico City´s Economic Reactivation Plan that seeks to reduce traffic and connect the capital with several highways and the airport system.