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Maya Train to have little environmental impact, more than half constructed in Quintana Roo

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — During a recent meeting, president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the Maya Train will have little environmental impact, adding that half of its route will be constructed in the state of Quintana Roo.

After a meeting with the governor of Campeche Alejandro Moreno, the president-elect commented that the neighboring entity would have about 500 kilometers of the train, which would represent a third of the length of the project.

The project could be enhanced with connections to high-altitude ports, which would allow an intense movement of goods he said. “Already, the governor of Yucatan told me of the need to take the train to Progreso,” he added.

The president-elect also met with the governors of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca and Tabasco, where the Maya Train will run, to refine details of the project. The leaders affirmed that there will be respect for the environment and the communities through which the project will be built.

Eduardo Ortiz Jasso, director of the Strategic Projects Agency of Quintana Roo says of the 972 kilometers of new track that will be required, 54 percent (521 kilometers) will be built along the Cancun-Tulum, Tulum-Bacalar, Bacalar-Escárcega and Cancun-limits with Yucatan.

The official clarified that the project would cover nearly 1,500 kilometers in five states, of which about 600 kilometers are already built in Chiapas, Tabasco and Campeche. “What we are clear about is that the Cancun-Tulum section will be two-way and would become the backbone of a new mass transit system in the north Caribbean region,” he added.

He also confirmed that the Railway Maintenance Center is planned to be installed in Chetumal, which will provide service to everything related to the train, which would generate jobs and opportunities for the state capital.

“Chetumal is practically halfway between Cancún and Palenque, because there the train would go to Calakmul. We are basically in the analysis of the reserve areas and how they would be linked to the layout of the train,” he explained.

Ortiz Jasso recalled that the agency worked for more than a year on the Cancun-Tulum stretch, but the current federal government reversed the project. The incoming administration took it back as Tren Maya, which is more complete, he said.

He also said that they do not have data on the trains that would travel the route daily or the number of tourists or users.

“The corresponding studies would be done next year, and until now, it is only known that the Cancun-Tulum section will be the one with the greatest flow of passengers,” he added.