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Fonatur says 705,000 jobs will be created in municipalities with Maya Train stations

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — At least 705,000 new formal jobs will be created in the municipalities that will have Maya Train stations, said Adrián Montemayor Delgado, press manager of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur).

He says the Maya Train will have 42 Alstom built X’Trapolis cars, and that by 2030, they anticipate the development of 705,000 formal jobs in municipalities with Maya Train stations. Of those, 150,000 will be rural jobs, in addition to the growth of employment in the food industry. In 10 years, the creation of more than a million jobs is expected from the Maya Train, of which 86 percent will be located in sustainable communities, he explained.

The Maya Train will have a positive impact on population, employment, tourism spending and poverty alleviation. The project will positively change the geography of the Peninsula in distances and times between cities and territories and in travel costs.

Rendering of Tulum Maya Train Station

Section one from Palenque to Escárcega, he said, consists of approximately 228 kilometers. The work, which began June 2, continues. Section two from Escárcega to Calkiní is approximately 235 kilometers long and began on June 3. In section three, which goes from Calkiní to Izamal and covers about 172 kilometers, work began on June 2.

As for the section that goes from Bacalar to Escárcega passing through Xpujil, work has not yet started, added that the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) is responsible for that section.

Montemayor Delgado ruled out that in Xpujil, Calakmul, work is paralyzed before the appeals presented by environmental groups, since the project will be in charge of Sedena, who currently operates other projects of the Federal Government.

Earlier in the week, President AMLO said he intends to spend this weekend visiting all sections of the train under current construction to get an update on their work progress.

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