Cancun, Q.R. — Javier May, head of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) provided Maya Train updates Monday. He reported that section 4, which runs from Izamal, Yucatán, to Cancún, Quintana Roo, integrates 239 kilometers of electrified double track through nine municipalities and 17 towns.
He said that other complementary projects being carried out in Cancun such as the construction of the Nichupté bridge, the Airport Distributor, Luis Donaldo Colosio Boulevard and Chac Mool Avenue, are a great benefit for the local population and tourism.
He also commented that the first Tren Maya Hotel, which will be at Chichen Itzá, will be first of the trains’ hotels to open.
“Nothing stops the Maya Train and with the coordinated work of Fonatur, the different secretariats and institutions of the Government of Mexico, and the governments of the states, from several fronts simultaneously, the commitment to inaugurate it in December of this year will be fulfilled,” he said during his Monday morning presentation with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
On section 4, he explained that passengers will be able to ascend and descend at any of the three stations at Chichen Itzá, Valladolid and the Cancun Airport, as well as at one of the two stops at Nuevo Xcan and Leona Vicario.
He indicated that in the area of the Cancun airport station, a maintenance base for the track and a workshop and garage for the wagons are currently being built, adding that throughout the section, the Maya Train has generated more than 62,000 jobs.
In section 4, the Program for the Improvement of Archaeological Zones is being applied in Chichen Itzá, which is a World Heritage Site, and in Ek Balam, sites where Visitor Service Centers are built and, in the case of Chichén Itzá, the construction of one of the Tren Maya Hotels is scheduled.
Blas Andrés Núñez Jordán, who heads the Maya Train Coordination Center of the General Directorate of Engineers of the Sedena, said the Tren Maya Chichén Itzá Hotel and the facilities of the Tren Maya company, in Cancun, Quintana Roo, will be delivered, respectively, on November 30 and December 31 of this year.
Once complete, the Secretary of National Defense will provide security for the entire train route with the deployment of 491 National Guard.