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Cancun business organizations form pro-Maya Train group

Cancun, Q.R. — A total of 25 business organizations have gathered to form a group that is pro-Maya Train. The group of local workers and businessmen said their goal is to support the project, which they say, will bring positive benefits to the state.

Ismael Flores, head of the Quintana Roo Volqueteros Union said “apart from being leaders, we are citizens, we live here and we have created this group because whenever there is one negative part, one positive part needs to be presented to have a balance. For those who want the Maya Train, we are generating this front in favor of it.”

The group is open to anyone who wishes to be part of supporting the Maya Train project. Flores says so far, their group consists of construction, restaurants, passenger and cargo transport unions for a total of 25 organizations.

Flores explained that there are also ecological benefits in a project like the Maya Train which will have a locomotive to move 50 wagons, which would otherwise mean 50 trucks.

He also pointed out that the train in this region will be 80 percent electric, therefore, the generation of pollution will be a lot less than that of land or air transport.

Beyra Hadad, representative of social organizations said “it is a social development project, something that environmentalists do not mention. We were able to share that the communities from La Unión (in the south of the state) to Cancun consider the project one of social justice since before, there were no projects that listened to their needs.”

José Lara Díaz, President of the Mexican Association of the Construction Industry (AMIC), said the Maya Train should be seen as a project of the people of Quintana Roo.

“We are in favor of it because it is going to detonate a very important economy and development. There are currently 500 daily flights (into Cancun International) and the train will be an outlet (…) to detonate the local economy, create jobs, development, commerce, industry. For me as a builder, a lot of development will arrive so that local people can work on construction sites,” he said.