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Authorities confirm Cancun to Tulum section of Maya Train will not be elevated

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — From Cancun to Tulum, the Maya Train will move at ground level and will not be elevated or pass through the urban area of Playa del Carmen, confirmed the heads of Sedatu, Román Meyer Falcón, and Fonatur, Javier May Rodríguez.

In a press release, they said “this, in addition to the fact that there is no immediate expropriation in the area, but rather a legal process for the acquisition of land in a arranged with the owners, all of which will allow the work to be completed in the time scheduled for 2023.”

The news was made official during a press conference in Cancun by the Secretary of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development, Román Meyer Falcón, and the general director of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur), Javier May Rodríguez, prior to a tour of the section 5 of the project.

Secretary Román Meyer clarified that the procedure initiated in section 5 north is not an immediate expropriation, but a legal process for the acquisition of the land in a concerted manner with the owners.

Maya Train map of stations

“It is an administrative process, the vast majority are concerted expropriation processes and in the next few days, topographical surveys will be carried out in order not to affect urbanized areas,” he explained.

Meyer Falcón stressed that the entire land acquisition process has been conducted with total transparency and legality, respecting the right to be heard by those who consider it so.

He reiterated that there are already prior sales and expropriation agreements concluded with more than 70 percent of the 198 properties in the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Solidaridad and Puerto Morelos.

The head of Fonatur, Javier May Rodríguez, stressed that the rumor that an expropriation process is going to be carried out without consulting the citizens is totally false and stressed that the fact that the Maya Train is not elevated or pass through an urban area is the best decision because it does not affect third parties or the economic activity of the region and the objective of finishing the work on time will be fulfilled.

“The Maya Train goes at ground level. It will not be raised and the urban area will not be used. This decision allows us to say that the work will be completed on time,” said May Rodríguez.