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Fonatur says ideas welcome, but Maya train route firm

Cancun, Q.R. — As interest increases and proposals pour in, the National Fund for Tourism Development (Fonatur) says the Maya train project route is firm and will not be modified.

Proposals for the upcoming Maya Train project will be considered, but the project route itself will not be modified says the man in charge, Rogelio Jiménez Pons of Fonatur. He says the route is firm and will take passengers to the southern areas of the country to promote tourism.

While route proposals to include the Yucatan are welcome, he explained that president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador designed the line of the railway to give the south of the peninsula an alternative to boost the economic and social growth that these regions of the country lack.

He said that the suggestions by those who now want the train to have another route to the neighboring state of Yucatan are welcome, but only as a way to join the original course, which he reiterates, will not be modified.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a clear vision which acknowledges that the south of the Yucatan Peninsula requires infrastructure to promote its great Mayan cultural wealth with Kalakmul and Xcabal at the head.

These are the spearheads of the tourist route that will help the growth of that area which remains economically depressed and abandoned by the governments up until now.

He added that it is a large project which is expected to have the backing of private investment, especially in the most profitable and complex section, which is the Cancun-Tulum route.

This is the first section that will be constructed before carrying on to other areas with stations in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Bacalar, Kalakmul and Palenque.

To date, several foreign companies have expressed interest in funding the Maya train. Companies from China, France, Korea and Canada, to name a few, have already made contact with the Strategic Projects Agency of Quintana Roo since the tender was released publicly.