Volvo Buses Seeking Transition to 100 percent Electric MobilityBy Lorenzo Núñez | Thu, 06/24/2021 - 17:45
Aeromexico, Mexico's leading airline, is taking steps to assure the safety of passengers as well as reactivating the country's tourism industry by incorporating a travel pass, despite the FAA downgrading Mexico's air safety rating. In addition, Volvo Buses is looking to transition to a 100 percent electric mobility plan in Mexico City.
This and more, in your Weekly Infrastructure Round Up!
The Transisthmic Corridor Plans to Start Operations in 2022
Rafael Marín Mollinedo, general director of the Isthmus Interoceanic Corridor of Tehuantepec (CIIT), said the project will begin operations next year, as well as the rehabilitation of the tracks will be completed in the first quarter of 2022. In addition, he mentioned they are already working on the bids to purchase equipment that will be required, such as cranes for loading and unloading at the ports.
"The project will start in a first stage next year with container terminals that are in the old port of Salina Cruz and in a space that we are preparing in the port of Coatzacoalcos where we will establish a provisional container terminal," he said during the signing of the agreement to Promote the Industrial Development of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec between Concamin and CIIT.
Aeromexico Implements a "Covid" Global Travel Pass
Aeromexico has announced it has joined forces with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to implement the IATA Travel Pass pilot test to boost the travel industry. One of the many concerns governments have is the re-opening of their borders. For this reason, the first step to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 is to have accurate information regarding the health status of passengers and achieve high safety standards. "The IATA Travel Pass trials are part of our digitalization strategy to stay ahead of the curve and continue offering a safe, agile and reliable travel experience. We will continue to implement all initiatives that allow us to incentivize travel recovery with modern and efficient tools," said Andrés Castañeda, Aeromexico's Executive Vice President of Digital and Customer Experience.
General Motors is looking to Expand their Cheyenne Brigade
General Motors announced it will open a call for sustainable projects that can benefit from the Brigada Cheyenne program. This initiative supports hard-to-reach communities in Mexico by transporting raw materials, construction materials or humanitarian aid in the event of natural disasters, thanks to the capabilities of the Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup.
"It fills us with enthusiasm to add new projects to Brigada Cheyenne that contribute to the development of communities, because it represents one of the actions of our Social Responsibility strategy that we are most proud of and that, for more than 10 years, has allowed us to travel thousands of kilometers benefiting those who need it most," said Tere Cid, Director of Communications and Public Relations of GM de México.
Volvo Buses aims to manufacture 100 percent electric units in Mexico
After launching its first 100 percent electric public transportation bus in Mexico City, as part of the Metrobus network, the Swedish brand is looking to manufacture electric units in Mexico, said Carlos Acosta, central zone regional manager for Volvo Buses.
"Just as other buses have been manufactured by Mexican people, we are interested in manufacturing this vehicle in the country and have the opportunity to develop it," he said. Acosta also pointed out that the objective of betting on this type of mobility is to achieve a Zero City, which translates into zero emissions, zero noise, zero accidents and zero traffic.
Gilberto Ramírez, director of strategic planning at Volvo Buses Mexico, explained that the brand is contributing to the transition by providing technology and opening up the possibility of developing it in Mexico.
Banobra authorizes Investment for Section 4 of Mayan Train
The National Bank of Public Works and Services (Banobras) authorized a MX$2.7 billion pesos (US$136 million) loan to Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) to continue with the construction of Section 4 of the Mayan Train from Izamal to Cancun.
"Our priority is to finance projects that generate employment and well-being; projects that contribute to detonate development, particularly in the south-southeast of the country, to reduce existing gaps and generate the conditions for Mexicans to have access to better living conditions," said Jorge Mendoza Sánchez, director of the organization.
He affirmed that Banobras' financing is essential for large-scale infrastructure projects, since it speeds up investment and helps to ensure that the work is carried out in a timely manner, in order to comply with the 2019-2024 National Development Plan.