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Sixth Maya Train convoy on its way to Cancun as inauguration date nears

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The first Tren Maya route open to the public will consist of 473 kilometers reported Óscar David Lozano Águila. He says the first stage of kilometers will run from San Fransisco, Campeche to Cancun, Quintana Roo and that the sixth convoy is on its way.

“Operations will begin on Friday, December 15, with two simultaneous convoys that will depart at 7:00 and 11:00 a.m. in Campeche and Cancun. The units will be driven at an initial speed of 120 kilometers per hour, although they have a capacity of up to 160 kilometers per hour,” reported the General Director of Tren Maya, Óscar David Lozano Águila.

In the Monday morning press conference, he indicated that the Maya Train will start in pre-operation mode, that is, trains will be released per day.

“We are practically concluding, being ready to start operations on December 15. (…) The men and women are working hard and are truly dedicated to fulfilling this mission and we guarantee that this will be the case,” he said.

General Lozano Águila indicated that the trains will use ultra-low sulfur diesel produced at Deer Park, a nation-owned refinery located in Texas. The hybrid convoys, which include an electric motor, will arrive in the southeast in February 2024.

Maite Ramos Gómez, the General Director of Alstom México said that last weekend, convoy five arrived at the Cancun workshop, while train six left Monday from the factory in Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo, to Quintana Roo, for coupling.

The first convoy has accumulated more than 8,000 kilometers of dynamic tests. He said, the commitment to have six high-tech convoys ready for the inauguration will be fulfilled adding that the construction of the Maya Train is a unique engineering project carried out in record time.

The Cancun Tren Maya station is more than 80 percent finished. Photo: Government of Mexico December 3, 2023.

He reported that section 4 of the Maya Train that runs from Izamal, Yucatan to Cancun, Quintana Roo, has 100 percent placement of electrified double track. In total it represents 478 kilometers and in its linear extension, it includes 239 kilometers in nine municipalities of both states.

Guadalupe Phillips Margain, the General Director of ICA, added that the latest leveling work aimed at the opening of the Maya Train is being refined.

The Chichén Itzá, Valladolid, Nuevo Xcán, Leona Vicario and Cancun Aeropuerto Maya Train stations exceed 80 percent construction, he added.