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Companies line up to participate in Maya Train as public consult nears

Cancun, Q.R. — In the next few days, the Maya Train project will go to public consultation to define the future of the upcoming Maya railway system as companies interested in participating continue to line up.

Despite the announcement of the cancellation of the new airport in Texcoco, the Cámara Mexicana de la Industria de la Construcción (CMIC) has expressed interest in participating in the construction of bridges, laying of railroads and / or in the development of 15 train stations as well as in the design of the project.

“We are interested in participating in the Maya Train. It is seen as an interesting project that will provide opportunities for the builders of that area of the country,” CMIC president, Eduardo Ramírez Leal said.

According to the upcoming Minister of Communications and Transport, Javier Jiménez Espriú, there is a queue of 15 companies wanting to participate in the tender.

In addition to CMIC, companies such as Canadian Bombardier, Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR), as well as the hotels Posadas of the Fiesta Inn and Fiesta Americana brands and Vidanta also expressed interest in the railway project proposed by president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The developer of resorts and hotel owner, Grupo Vidanta plans to invest in the construction of the Maya Train, a project that its director Daniel Chávez described as necessary.

“The Maya Train is a great idea because in a decade of operation, it will double the income of foreign currency to the country (…) we are interested in participating in financing. It is a necessary project for the south-southeast area of the country,” said Chávez.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, which manages the airports of Cancún, Mérida, Cozumel, Oaxaca and Minatitlán, would be responsible for the construction of the Maya Train terminal at the main Quintana Roo airport where it would also plan to operate a commercial zone.

“We need to control the situation and that is why we will build, I believe, the train station (…) if there is any commercial space that we obtain, we will control it, but basically, the operation of the train will be controlled by the government,” explained Adolfo Castro, CEO of ASUR.

He added that they are already working with the next administration to finalize the train station at the Cancun airport and estimated that the Tulum-Cancun section will be the first railway base, which would be ready in two or three years.

A public consultation for the upcoming mega-project will be held November 24 and 25 with a December 16 meeting scheduled with the indigenous peoples of Palenque, Chiapas. These dates will mark the beginning of the project.