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Analysis

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Tue, 11/01/2016 - 14:30

More than 81 percent of Mexico’s total national production is transported through highways and freeways, which makes them integral to improving internal connectivity. As of December 2015, more than 30,000km of highways, freeways and feeder roads had been modernized and constructed. According to the SCT, 60 percent of the investment in a highway or freeway benefits communities by providing crossings, jobs, housing, land, materials and procurement of services, creating new opportunities for nearby families.

MODERINIZING ACCESS TO MEXICO CITY

Due to the construction of the NAICM, it is important to modernize the main 11 accesses to the metropolitan area of Mexico City. As of September 2016, the expansion of the Mexico-Pachuca highway through the section of EcatepecSanta Clara, the expansion of the Mexico-Puebla highway, La Marquesa-Toluca highway and the Mexico-Queretaro highway have all been completed. These were constructed alongside the second level of the Periferico, which will connect Mexico City to the Mexico-Cuernavaca highway, as well as the construction of Piramides-Texcoco highway.

BORDER CROSSINGS

It is essential to boost logistics development in the border region with the United States. During the first half of 2016 the new international Guadalupe-Tornillo bridge and the Tijuana-San Diego Airport connection were opened. With the inauguration of the Brownsville-Matamoros International Railway Bridge and Bypass, at least three new international bridges will have opened when this administration ends. There will also be expansions and modernizations of at least eight different points of entry: Tijuana-San Ysidro, San Luis Rio Colorado II, Nogales-Mariposa, Ojinaga-Presidio, Anzaldúas, Rio Bravo-Donna; the Brownsville-Matamoros bridge and Los Tomates-Veterans.

The pedestrian bridge of the Tijuana International Airport opened in the first half of 2016, connecting the airport to San Diego. It will facilitate the border crossing of both Mexicans and Americans using the airport and had a total investment of MX$185 million (US$9.7 million).

Tornillo-Guadalupe International Bridge and the junction La Ribereña were inaugurated in February 2016. They facilitate the movement of goods between the north and center of the country through the Mexico-Ciudad Juarez highway axis. About MX$500 billion (US$26.3 billion) was invested.

PASSENGER TRAINS

The high-speed Mexico-Toluca train will interconnect the Toluca Valley and the Western Zone of Mexico City, through a modern, efficient and safe rail service. This project is now about 37 percent complete, while the Right of Way (ROW) for the train route is almost complete. It is expected to begin pre-operational testing in the second half of 2017. With more than MX$19 billion (US$1 billion) invested, the goal is to significantly reduce commuter times and reduce vehicular traffic in the capital. This project is about 60 percent complete while the ROW for the train route is completed. It is expected to begin pre-operational testing in the second half of 2017.

PORTS

The NIP’s goal is to expand and modernize the port infrastructure quickly to double its operating capacity to more than 500 million tons from 270 million tons by the end of the presidential term. To fulfill this goal, over 25 projects will be carried out to consolidate the complementary port systems on the Gulf of Mexico, which are the New Port of Veracruz and the Port of Altamira, and on the Pacific, which are the Ports of Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas. The total investment will reach MX$62 billion (US$3.2 billion).

NAICM

The planning and design stages have been completed and has moved on to construction. To increase transparency, public notaries have been assigned to the 21 bid packages. All the information will be disseminated through an internet portal and the project will receive input from the OECD. The first phase will have a capacity to transport 60 million passengers and more than 700 thousand operations per year. At its peak, NAICM will have a capacity for 120 million passengers and 1 million annual operations. The airport will also be an important generator of jobs, creating 160,000 during the construction phase. It will promote social and environmental development, as well as the economic development of the region and tourism.