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López Obrador says Maya Train marks return of passenger trains to Mexico

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — During his weekend Maya Train test tour, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the train will bring back passenger train service to Mexico.

He made the comment during his visit to the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Saturday. He said the great Tren Maya project marks the return of passenger trains to Mexico after decades of privatization promoted by governments of the neoliberal period.

“We are working in a coordinated joint manner to carry out this project which is fundamental, grandiose, magna,” he said.

“Tren Maya is not a company that is going to make a profit, no, it is with the Maya Train that we are going to achieve for those who arrive in Cancun, those tourists who can go to Yucatán and Campeche, Chiapas, Tabasco and discover all the cultural wealth and archaeological sites of the Mayan world,” he explained.

Over the weekend, AMLO boarded the Maya Train at Campeche from where he traveled to Yucatan. From there, he traveled to Cancun by Maya Train, arriving around 10:00 p.m. Saturday night.

The Maya Train rolled into the Cancun station around 10:00 p.m. Saturday for its first test tour with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: AMLO September 2, 2023.

He said the Tren Maya project will allow people to travel through five southeast states of the country across the 1,554 kilometers of railway.

“What can we live on in the future in the southeast? Well, tourism. Currently, what is obtained with tourism is already very important and it is a good activity because it not only produces wealth, but also distributes wealth.

“We will continue to support to consolidate this comprehensive project. It is a project that has to do with tourism, that has to do with ecology, that has to do with culture and that also has to do with the economy,” he stressed.

“We have to give attention to the people who need well-being, who need employment, who need work. Yes we can achieve that balance,” he added.

Tren Maya on the Cancun overpass on its way to the airport station. Photo: AMLO September 2, 2023.

AMLO was accompanied by Governor Mara Lezama, among others, along the tour that arrived in Cancun Saturday night. The four-car train was captured as it rolled into the city and across the overpass that leads to the up-and-coming Maya Train station near the Cancun airport.