Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Once complete, the Maya Train route will provide access to 26 archaeological zones and span across 40 municipalities in five states. Javier May Rodríguez, the General Director of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur), said in a statement.
He reported that once complete, the train will run for 1,554 kilometers across five states, 40 municipalities and 181 localities and will offer tourism services, local passengers and cargo transportation.
“It has generated more than 100,000 jobs in the southeast and 11,000 in the manufacture of trains, with state-of-the-art technology in Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo,” he added.
The Maya Train is a great project of the people of Mexico and the commitment to inaugurate it in December 2023 will be fulfilled, Rodríguez confirmed. He said that the first train will be delivered in July of 2023, for the start of the bearing tests in the workshops of Cancun, Quintana Roo.
Rodríguez stressed that the Maya Train represents the largest public investment made in the Mexican southeast to address the historical inequalities of the region, adding that the project will also protect and preserve the country’s archaeological heritage in Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo.
“Manufacturing of the 42 trains began, which will be modern, comfortable, safe and environmentally friendly since most will have a hybrid system and will be able to use electric power to reduce polluting emissions or UBA diesel, a fuel with less sulfur content,” he explained.
“Manufacturing began in September of this year, In November, the first box will be finished and the first train will be delivered on July 9, 2023,” he announced.
Rodríguez explained that there will be short trains, with four wagons and capacity for 230 passengers, 98.5 meters long, as well as long trains of seven cars for 450 passengers, 169 meters long.
He reported that, for the electrification of the Mayan Train, the Federal Electricity Commission is carrying out 53 projects consisting of 43 electrical substations and 10 transmission lines that will increase the power supply capacity in the Yucatan Peninsula by 150 percent, from three thousand megawatts in 2022 to 4,521 in 2024.
“This increased capacity will guarantee the required supply in 2024, which will be 2,642 megawatts already with the train running. In short, with the new projects, the supply of electricity from CFE will be 42 percent greater than the demand for electricity by 2024,” and will mean a solution for this region that usually suffers from blackouts, he added.
The Maya Train also strengthens the environment by accompanying the Sembrando Vida Program, which reforests the southeast with 500 million trees with the support of three military nurseries in Tabasco, two in Chiapas and one in Quintana Roo, which add up to more than 140 million plants produced by community nurseries.
He announced that, in addition, there will be new Protected Natural Areas, with the Jaguar Park in Tulum, the Neuvo Uxmal and in Calakmul.
The Maya Train also integrates the Program for the Improvement of Archaeological Zones that intervenes 26 archaeological zones and the construction of nine Visitor Service Centers.
He reported that work is already under way on the projects for the construction of hotels along the Maya Train route.