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SICT, Mexico City Invest US$45 million in Interurban Train

By Emilio Aristegui | Wed, 03/09/2022 - 09:38

The Mexico City-Toluca Interurban train continues to rapidly overcome construction barriers to meet its opening date in 2023. The Mexico City government and the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport (SICT) just signed on a larger budget for one of the train’s sections.

“To give continuity to the construction of the Toluca-Mexico Valle Interurban Passenger Train, [SICT] and the government of Mexico City signed a Coordination Agreement for the Reallocation of Resources for MX$950 million (US$45 million). Those resources will be applied to works on the double-track railway section originating from the exit of the tunnels on the Mexico-Toluca Highway with a station in Santa Fe and a terminal at the Observatory Comprehensive Transfer Center, called ‘Tunnel Metro Observatorio,’” according to a SICT’s press release.

SICT's Jorge Arganis Díaz-Leal and Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum signed the agreement, which will be valid until Dec. 31, 2022. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador explained that Mexico City and the State of Mexico are working together to complete the project, which is necessary for the area that is home to over 30 million people, according to a government press release.

“We are in charge of the section that connects the end of this tunnel to the Metro Observatory station, a station in Santa Fe, another in Vasco de Quiroga that is in the Fourth Section El Bosque (of Chapultepec) and finally Observatorio. And we are working together with the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) to advance further so it can be ready in the timeline established by the President of the Republic,” said Sheinbaum according to a press release.

The SICT stated that the Interurban Train will produce an important effect on regional economic development, while enhancing substantial savings in transportation costs, travel times and reduction of pollutants, according to the SICT via twitter.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
SICT, JEFATURA DE GOBIERNO, MB, PRESIDENCIA DE LA REPUBLICA, MB
Emilio Aristegui Emilio Aristegui Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst