SEDATU Rearranges Mobility for Santa Lucia AirportBy Alejandro Enríquez | Tue, 05/12/2020 - 18:42
The Mexican Ministry for Agricultural, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU) delivered to the Hidalgo and Mexico City state governments the Territorial Operative Plan for the Northern Area of Mexico's Valley, which includes the Mexico City metropolitan area, for them to adapt to the upcoming needs of the General Felipe Ángeles Airport (AIFA), the official name of the Santa Lucia project.
SEDATU's head Minister, Román Meyer, highlighted the strategic importance of a sustainable urban development in the surrounding areas of AIFA, while assuring mobility options through Mexico City's public transportation systems. "We need to look up for urban development in the area. The Territorial Operative Plan provides certainty, equity and transparency on how these needs will be attended," he said on a statement.
AIFA is one of the Mexican government's largest infrastructure projects, which will be located in the northern part of Mexico City’s metropolitan area. SEDATU sees the need to attend and integrate all the different impacts that this project will have in the area. "The Territorial Operative Plan will emphasize a planning exercise to boost regional development, while forecasting the infrastructure, livelihood and mobility needs for the area," said SEDATU on a statement.
State of Mexico's Governor, Alfredo del Mazo, highlighted the role AIFA will play in the development of the area. "Integrating development plans will allow for an ordered growth of the region given the great demand for services that there will be," he said on statement. Del Mazo affirmed the state government will join SEDATU's effort on developing the Territorial Operative Plan. On its behalf, Omar Fayad, Hidalgo's Governor, claimed that the project needs to be completed on time.
Some of the Territorial Operative Plan's guidelines include the promotion of massive transportation in the area that includes the Suburban Train and the Mexibús, both of which are connected to Mexico City's integrated public transportation network. In addition, no motorized transportation will be promoted nor road infrastructure.
General Gustavo Vallejo, SEDENA's Chief of Construction for AIFA, expressed the need to attend the upcoming mobility needs. "President López Obrador instructed us to build a functional, austere and good-looking airport in the least time possible. However, we also acknowledge the additional responsibility we have to take part on the realization of an efficient and safe mobility, as well as the sustainable development of the region," he said on a statement. According to General Vallejo, the Territorial Operative Plan is the best tool for this to become a reality.