Opportunities Abound for Mexico in the Railway IndustryBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Fri, 11/27/2020 - 16:54
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador recently highlighted the important role passenger rail systems play in his administration. He referred to the Mexico-Toluca Interurban Train, reported Excelsior, which is a large project that required a MX$90 million (US$4.48 million) investment, will have seven stations and will provide service to 230,000 passengers per day once inaugurated. The president also referred to a transportation system that will connect Ixtapaluca, Chalco to Zaragoza Avenue, in Mexico City.
Alfredo del Mazo, Governor of the State of Mexico, highlighted that the Mexico-Toluca Interurban Train, along with the Felipe Ángeles International Airport, are two of the most important infrastructure projects of the administration. “It is a great responsibility because it enables us to work jointly for the development of the state to benefit the whole country,” reported TYT. In terms of mobility, the train will allow for faster, more dynamic and safer transportation, which will reduce costs and transit times for users. Another good thing about the project, del Mazo says, is the number of jobs that have been created with its construction.
Investing in transportation is a big priority for Mexico. Recently, T21 reported that Mexico is looking to increase its cooperation with China and Germany in the railway sector. Both countries having great experience in the matter, which will enable greater investment and will support sustainable development in Mexico. “We see possibilities in the future in the supply of parts and equipment and, of course, in the training of workers and specialists. We have to develop more educational exchanges to get to joint development of research programs,” said José Luis Bernal Rodríguez, Mexican Ambassador in China.
This week, CONALEP celebrated an International Forum for the Challenges of Technical Formation in the Mexican Rail Transportation, where it gathered national and international experts to discuss and analyze the state of the rail sector in the country. Rogelio Grangillhome, Mexican Ambassador in Germany, highlighted the importance of a link in education with the development of the railway industry to create high-quality human resources. “Mexico has important areas of opportunity to develop a career-oriented educational system that will enable the training of professionals,” he said. The forum allowed specialists to share solutions regarding the modernization of railway transportation. “Railway systems are some of the transportation models that are the most sustainable and least polluting,” highlighted the Mexican government.