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Monorail system possibility for Cancun Hotel Zone

Cancun, Q.R. — While talks for the construction of a bridge over Cancun’s Nichupté Lagoon continue, a new option has been added to the list of possibilities.

The director of the Strategic Projects Agency of Quintana Roo, Eduardo de Jesús Ortiz Jasso, said that of the major projects set for the city of Cancun, a possible monorail option is now on the table.

Talks of building a bridge over Nichupté Lagoon to relieve traffic congestion in the Cancun Hotel Zone could be complimented by a high-rise train system. Jesús Ortiz Jasso says that they still need to analyze the feasibility of such a project, which would include both the government and private sector.

“There are conditions for an elevated train in the hotel zone, perhaps a monorail as well as the bridge over the lagoon, both of which are alternatives for the (mobility of) hotel zone,” he said.

He said that right now there are four major projects being discussed, which include the monorail system for the Cancun Hotel Zone, the Nichupté Lagoon bridge to the mainland, a Cancun-Tulum train along Riviera Maya and a highway alternative between Tulum and Chetumal.

He adds for each of the projects, financing is an issue since the state would be considered a co-sponsor for the projects, but he says regardless, each of the projects will be analyzed for the state to arrive at the best investment opportunity.

“The agency is in a process of transition which will leads us to receive the assets for the year and complete the governing board. Basically, we will present the portfolio of the projects by sector,” he said.

“We are going to work on infrastructure, ports, airports and health and will present the projects we hope to undertake. Today we have a pre-portfolio of those projects,” he said.

Jesús Ortiz Jasso explained that “In addition to the Cancun-Tulum train along Riviera Maya, there are several options we are evaluating including a highway alternative from Tulum to Chetumal, which could eventually be an installment.”

Public and private investment options are being evaluated, he said, such as development banking and private banking. He said that decisions on projects will be available in the first quarter of 2018.