SENERMEX’s Major Role in Mexican Train ProjectsBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Wed, 01/06/2021 - 08:50
SENERMEX Engineering and Systems has consolidated itself as the main advisory company in the reactivation of passenger trains in Mexico, thanks to its involvement in the Mexico City-Toluca Interurban Train and the Mayan Train, reports El Economista. This goes in line with Mexico’s interest in developing passenger trains in Mexico and strengthening rail networks through the Ministry of Communications and Transportations (SCT), reported previously by el Economista. The ministry demanded MX$20 million (US$1 million) to carry out technical studies in the first half of 2021 for the many projects at hand, giving SENERMEX the possibility to participate in these.
Last week, SENERMEX presented economic proposals for MX$63.2 million (US$3.184 million) to conduct advanced studies for the Chalco-Santa María system, as well. The Chalco-Santa Marta Train will connect Chalco with the municipality of La Paz, facilitating access to the Metro Line A Santa Martha station. The project will also connect with the Mexico City-Toluca Interurban Train, as both projects seek to connect the periphery of the city with the center areas, previously reported MBN. The company aims to start conducting its study on Jan. 12 and it will take it around 180 days to finish. Out of the four companies that submitted economic proposals, SENERMEX’s was the least expensive, after Ayesa was rejected for submitting an incomplete proposal, reported Milenio. The studies to be carried out include topographic studies, hydrological, geophysical, geotechnical, environmental and induced works surveys.
In December, SENERMEX also received a contract for MX$42.3 million (US$2.17 million) to make advanced studies for the Metropolitan and Intermunicipal State Train (TEMI) in Guanajuato. "The project seeks to implement an interurban train for passengers, which will connect major cities such as Celaya, Salamanca, Irapuato and Leon, with a vision to extend to Querétaro," reported the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Connectivity and Mobility of Guanajuato, reports El Economista. The studies are set to determine the feasibility of land transportation through a suburban train in the region, by calculating current and future supply and demand and through basic engineering studies, preliminary projects, social, environmental and archaeological analyzes, reports Milenio.
Manuel Gómez, General Director of Railway and Multimodal Development of the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT), referred to this project as something vital to increase connectivity in the region. He says the ministry will fully support the initiatives taken by local governments. The TEMI project is expected to have a possible extension to connect the region to other major cities like Guadalajara and Mexico City.