SEDATU Presents a Mobility Plan for AIFA’s SurroundingsBy Fernando Mares | Tue, 04/12/2022 - 16:15
Román Meyer, Head of the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU) reported that the ministry is implementing a comprehensive urban development plan in municipalities near the recently inaugurated Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA). The plan features a slew projects and will benefit over 1 million people, creating around 30,000 jobs in the process.
In a press conference, the minister said that the so-called Operative Territorial Program for the Northern Area of the Valley of Mexico will benefit municipalities like Tizayuca, Zumpango, Nextlalpan, Jaltenco, Tonanitla, Tecamac, Tultitlan and Tultepec. These communities represent an area of 54,000h, a territory similar in size to Mexico City’s 75,000h.
Meyer detailed that the plan consists of an investment of over US$150 million distributed across six strategies on issues such as mobility, with 81 projects, culture with 40 projects, the environment with 24, the economy with 23, urban development with 17 and hydraulic works with 16.
One of the key projects featured in the plan is the expansion of the Suburban Train, which will connect AIFA with Mexico City through its Lechería-AIFA branch, enabled by a railway extension of over 23km. According to the plan, this expansion will cause “urban fractures”, to solve this issue it is necessary to develop multimodal bridges, easy access for all kinds of users and underground areas.
“It is important that the Mexican government starts with infrastructure planning, mobility policies and urban development to improve transportation conditions for the public that travels to AIFA,” Meyer added.
The plan also considers the expansion of Mexibus’ Line 1 from terminal Ojo de Agua to AIFA, which will connect AIFA to Ciudad Azteca, allowing users to continue their route to the city via Line B of Mexico City’s Metro system.
The economic projects consist mainly of the construction of industrial and logistic hubs such as the T-MEX Park, supply chain development as well as support for urban agriculture projects. Water issues will be addressed with the rescue plan of the Zumpango lagoon, the use of residual water for agriculture as well as rainwater harvesting.
According to Meyer, there are over 117,000 uninhabited homes in the area, caused a lack planning in the past. The new plan predicts that these uninhabited urban centers will soon be populated and even surpassed their current capacity. In this regard, the federal government started talks with municipal and state authorities to coordinate efforts to address the topic.