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Talks for Cancun, Riviera Maya train proposal

Cancun, Q.R. – The construction of a train system for the southern portion of the state of Quintana Roo has been proposed to the local government.

Jorge Portilla Manica, head of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation, reports that a train system for this part of the state would ease the heavy traffic burdens in the Cancun-Tulum tourist corridor and also connect the south to the north.

The new train proposal would connect the northern zone with the south and be part of a new investment proposal to improve transportation services. Now, the road to Tulum is the only land route between Cancun and Riviera Maya which sees up to 100,000 units of traffic per day.

Portilla Manica said that entrepreneurs have approached the state government where they expressed interest in investing in a rail project that would run Cancun-Chetumal.

He said that during a recent Merida meeting, the proposal plans were well received with the biggest concern being an economic one since a rail project would entail great financial investment.

There is also discussion of a plan to build a train along the Yucatan Peninsula, linking the Yucatan with Quintana Roo starting with a length of 277 kilometers with terminal stations in Merida and Valladolid.  In another stage, their would be an extension to continue to Coba and Punta Venado, connecting Riviera Maya.

The concept would result in a Transpeninsular Train that would consist of a Merida-Punta Venado route and a Punta Venado-Cancun route.

Portilla Manica notes that interested investors are aware of the obstacles and are analyzing new ideas to bring the project to life. The project is estimated to cost between 30 and 32 billion peso.