Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Two more test tours are scheduled to take place before the December inauguration of Tren Maya. Governor Mara Lezama says the next test tour is scheduled for October.
The next two tests will be similar to the tour made by President López Obrador last weekend. Lezama explained that although the Government of Mexico plans to inaugurate the Maya Train in December, it will not be until the first months of 2024 when the train will begin to serve passengers.
Lezama said that tests will be carried out in the subsequent months so that in the last month of this year, the railway work that will cross Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo will also be inaugurated.
“The Maya Train will be inaugurated in December. That is why we are doing the tests with the President. The next test will be in October, and then there will be another one in November, so that the opening is in December. From there, the sale of tickets will begin for passenger travel in early 2024,” she explained.
She said Tren Maya will offer three different models of tickets according to the plans of the Government of Mexico. Although the work is considered a form of transportation for tourists, a cargo service and one for local passengers will also be integrated, mainly for workers who could use the train with a differentiated price.
“The trips will be very comfortable where passengers will be able to be connected to Wi-Fi,” she said. As for locals, the train will be user friendly so people will “be able to go to work where they can go safely, where they can go from home to work and vice versa, so by 2024, they will surely be able to use it,” she said.
In mid-August, the General Director of Tren Maya, General Óscar Lozano Águila said for Tren Maya (Maya Train) ticket prices, they are looking at charging local train travelers just under two-and-a-half pesos per kilometer.
Lozano Águila said the more likely local travel rate will be 2.32 pesos per kilometer with varying ticket prices for national and international train passengers. Students, the disabled and the elderly will also have special prices.
“For a local, the price of 2.32 pesos per kilometer is likely, while a national tourist will pay 2.90 and an international tourist 4.35 pesos per kilometer,” he revealed.