SICT announced this week that pre-investment feasibility studies will be performed for six new passenger train projects during 2022. These six projects are the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo interurban train, the interurban Monterrey-Saltillo train, the suburban Derramadero-Ramos Arizpe train in Coahuila, the regional Colima-Manzanillo train, a light rail train in Morelia and a light rail project in Campeche to connect to Mayan Train infrastructure.
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Progress on Infrastructure Packages Sluggish: CMIC
Mexico’s first two government-backed infrastructure packages based on the 2020-2024 national infrastructure program (PNI) have advanced by only 30 percent, according to the country’s construction industry chamber. What is more, a promised third package remains to be revealed. The first package was released in Nov. 2019, which was made up of 147 projects with an investment totaling US$43 billion. The second was released in Nov. 2021, which brought together 29 projects with a combined investment of US$11.4 billion.
Almost One Third of the Mayan Train Finished
FONATUR has reported construction progress of the Mayan Train was between 30-32 percent by the end of 2021, after 59 weeks of work. This progress is not evenly distributed among the train’s various segments. Works around the first segment, which runs from Palenque, Chiapas, to Escárcega, Campeche (also crossing through the state of Tabasco), are currently focused on the gathering of rail components and their initial installation along certain key subsegments. FONATUR’s report details that at a worksite in Balancán, Tabasco, 12,708 tons of rail parts have been received and stored. Additionally, 88 drainage network construction projects that cross the train’s route along this segment have been finished, while 26 are still ongoing.
Mexico City-Toluca Train’s Construction Progresses
The Federal Government is pushing SICT to rapidly advance the construction of the Mexico City-Toluca Train to comply with its scheduled opening in 2022. Construction of the Mexico City-Toluca Train stands at 47 percent progress on the catenary track and the electromechanical work, which covers a 57.7-kilometer stretch. The catenary track is undergoing pole installation using steel retainers that are being anchored to the earth to counteract potential mechanical stresses.
Three Megaprojects Will Be Ready In 2022
Construction works at the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), the Dos Bocas Refinery and the Mexico-Toluca Interurban Train will be completed in 2022, announced President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. In his morning conference, López Obrador stressed that he will fulfill his promise to complete these three megaprojects. Their rapid and positive development has taken place thanks to the help of SEDENA and SEMAR, he added. “In these projects the military is working day and night so that we finish them on time," said the president.