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AMLO requests 143 billion for Maya Train project in 2023 budget

Mexico City, Mexico — For the upcoming 2023 Federation Expenditure Budget, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has requested more than 143 billion peso for his flagship project, the Maya Train.

The new figure is almost double that of 2022, which was just over 63.2 billion. The economic package was delivered to the Chamber of Deputies Thursday by the Ministry of Finance.

Some of AMLO’s other hefty financial projects include 335 billion for senior pensions, 83 billion for a Scholarship Program, 27 billion for the School is Ours Program, 23 billion for the Youth Building the Future program and 24 billion for pensions for people with disabilities, up from the 2022 approved budget of 18 billion peso.

Aside from programs, the government of AMLO has also submitted a cut of just over 2 billion peso for the Development of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and another 400 million in the connectivity with the Felipe Aangeles International Airport Expansion of Line 1 of the Lechería-Jaltocan-AIFA Suburban Train.

In his accompanying letter to Congress, AMLO stressed his priorities for the Government of Mexico, mostly the Maya Train, as it represents an opportunity to bring well-being to the southern regions of the country citing the creating of 705,000 direct jobs and 150,000 indirect ones.

In his document, he also said the the train will streamline and reduce the cost of transporting residents and tourists as well as merchandise, promoting the economic integration of the region and the development of the commercial and tourist sectors.

The AMLO Maya Train railway project is divided into seven main sections and includes the construction of more than 1,554 kilometers of railway, 21 stations and 14 stops in Campeche, Chiapas, Yucatan, Tabasco and Quintana Roo.