Campeche, Mexico — The route of the Maya Train will be modified to no longer pass through the city of Campeche, but instead through the periphery, which will generate a total cost savings of more than 2 billion peso.
News of the modification came from Rogelio Jiménez Pons, general director of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) who reported the change in stations due to technical and social complexities.
He mentioned that Campeche has been one of the most complex regions for the Maya Train due to technical and social elements. The modification will eliminate the construction of an elevated viaduct as well as the relocation of 300 families, he reported.
In a press conference, the Fonatur head explained that residents opposed the passage of the railroad and promoted protection to prevent the work from going through the community and thus, having to be relocated.
The decision to make the change was made to avoid delays, Jiménez Pons said Tuesday, adding “it is cheaper for us. An effort had been made to relocate people, 300 families, but this will no longer be necessary and it means relative savings.”
Now, the train will bypass the city and pass near the Campeche airport. According to the government, the modification will save approximately 2 billion peso.