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Mexico City’s Infrastructure Agenda Keeps Moving Forward

By María José Goytia | Mon, 08/22/2022 - 10:59

Mexico City's infrastructure works continue to advance, as key commitments on the local government's agenda are expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

So far this year, important works of the infrastructure agenda, such as the construction of Pilares and the Rosario Castellanos Institute of Higher Education, as well as the development of Lines 1 and 2 of the Cablebus have been completed. However, some flagship mobility works of Claudia Sheinbaum's administration remain pending.

The first of the projects planned to be inaugurated soon is the Ermita-Iztapalapa Elevated Trolleybus. This mobility project will be the first of its kind. The work is 92 percent complete, as two of its three sections are finished. The inauguration date is scheduled for this September.

The inauguration has been postponed on multiple occasions. Delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and disruptions in the supply chain have delayed progress. Section 1 is still under construction, with work taking place at night.

The next project involves the construction of Line 3 of the Cablebus. It is expected to come into operation in September 2023. This line will connect Constituyentes to Vasco de Quiroga, crossing the four sections of the Chapultepec Park. Its objective is to address the mobility problem in the western zone of Mexico City. The estimated investment is MX$2.6 billion (US$128.6 million). The results of the international bidding process will be announced on September 13.

Another of the works pending completion is the Mexico-Toluca Inter-Urban Train, which will connect the capital of the State of Mexico with the western part of Mexico City. It will be 57.7km long and have seven stations. Despite its various setbacks, the train boasted a progress of 77.5 percent at the end of June 2022.

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications, and Transport (SICT) reported that during the 1Q22, it reduced 99.7 percent of the budget allocated to finish the construction of the Mexico-Toluca train from MX$7 billion (US$346.4 million) to MX$16.46 million (US$814,700). To meet the goal of bringing this transportation system online by December 2022, SICT will reallocate MX$1.3 billion (US$64.3 million) to the Government of Mexico City to continue with the works of Section 3. These budget modifications show that the Mexico-Toluca Train has lost its priority within the pending infrastructure agenda to be delivered before 2024.

In contrast to Mexico-Toluca Inter-Urban Train, the Chalco-Santa Marta Trolleybus has seen its priority level increase because it has greater feasibility of completion. This project will connect the east of Mexico City with the State of Mexico and will become the continuation of the Ermita-Iztapalapa Elevated Trolleybus.

In addition to its connection to this route, the trolleybus will have a connection with Metro Line A, through the extension that reaches Mixcoac, and with Cablebus Line 2. The Chalco-Santa Marta Trolleybus requires an investment of MX$6.4 billion (US$316.7 million) and is expected to be completed in 2024.

A recent landmark project is the modernization of Metro Line 1, which began in July. Works include the installation of new track systems, fixing leaks, restoring floors and improving lighting. Line 1 will remain closed in parts until 2023. The modernization represents a total investment of up to MX$37 billion (US$1.86 billion), to be spread out over the next 19 years.

Finally, the repair and expansion of Metro Line 12 (L12) represents one of the key infrastructure projects for Sheinbaum's administration. Following the catastrophic collapse of the line, the mobility of vulnerable members of the capital’s population was strongly affected.

According to the Mexico City government's report, the work is 50 percent complete as of July 2022. The completion date is still under consideration, but it is estimated that this line will be back in operation in 2023. Work is also progressing at ground zero, where three girders have been installed to reinforce the stability of the elevated section.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Expansión, El Economista, Infobae, Mexico Business News
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María José Goytia María José Goytia Journalist and Industry Analyst