SCT Boosts Interurban Trains
The head of the Ministry of Communications and Transport, Jorge Aragiz Díaz leal has tested positive for COVID-19 after presenting a “few symptoms,” according to a press release. The 77-year-old will isolate himself while continuing to manage SCT matters from home. Despite this setback, SCT’s Deputy Minister Carlos Alfonso Morán Moguel has visited important worksites such as the Mexico City-Toluca Interurban Train.
Morán Moguel and President López Obrador made a supervisory visit to the Zinacantepec terminal station of the Mexico City-Toluca rail project currently under construction. Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum and State of Mexico Governor Alfredo del Mazo also attended the event. The president told the press that he had personally verified 87 percent of the project’s progress toward completion. However, the press release did not indicate a possible inauguration date for the train.
Morán Moguel and the president also formally inaugurated Line 3 of Guadalajara’s light rail system. The project, which represents an investment of over US$1.5 billion, is considered the largest investment project ever made in the state of Jalisco financed in its entirety by the federal government. The project has increased the length of Jalisco’s total light rail systems by 86 percent. These interurban rail projects are completely electric and expected to generate significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.