Rail Cargo Enjoys Increased ReliabilityBy Pedro Alcalá | Wed, 11/18/2020 - 12:51
A press release published on Monday by the SCT reveals the latest figures on security regarding the Mexican rail system reported by the Rail Transport Regulating Agency (ARTF). Train robberies went down 47.28 percent in 3Q20 when compared to 3Q19 numbers. In fact, this quarter marks the lowest theft rate in 2019 and 2020. Numbers also show a decrease of 24.94 percent when compared to 2Q20, including product theft with a 21.58 percent decrease and train component theft with a 27.57 percent decrease.
Rail cargo has played a significant role in maintaining Mexican logistic networks online throughout the pandemic, having transported over 71 billion tons of products between January and October 2020, according to SCT, against the 74 billion tons transported during the same period in 2019. Accidents in the rail cargo system have also decreased 34.75 percent when compared to 2Q20 and 31.40 percent against 3Q19. Vandalism has also seen a decrease of 23.03 percent when compared to the same period in 2019, offering reliability for both users and investors.
“The security report we have presented includes a strong geostatistical analysis component that allows for a more precise and accurate localization of reported events. This allows us to better direct our resources to the regions that represent the bigger challenges,” said ARTF leader Alejandro Álvarez Reyes. “ SCT and all ARTF concessionaires are invested in strengthening rail security and boosting operational efficiency. However, “what really ensures a safe environment is our cooperation with all regional authorities,” states the release.