Rerouting train between Playa del Carmen, Tulum to cost 1 bn pesos

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The federal authorities will spend about 1 billion pesos (US $49 million) to purchase land to reroute the Maya Train railroad between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, in accordance to an estimate by the director of the National Tourism Promotion Fund (Fonatur).

President López Obrador introduced Wednesday that the route could be modified within the Riviera Maya area of Quintana Roo.

Construction of tracks between the northbound and southbound lanes of Federal Highway 307 started final month regardless of opposition from hoteliers and members of the broader enterprise neighborhood, who argued that the railroad would have an hostile affect on the freeway and the autos that use it, particularly because it was being constructed.

Fonatur chief Rogelio Jiménez Pons, whose company is managing the mission, mentioned in interviews with the newspaper Reforma and Milenio Television that the Playa del Carmen-Tulum part of the railroad would now be constructed on the western, or inland, facet of the freeway, that means that it will likely be farther away from beachfront lodges.

He mentioned the federal government intends to buy properties alongside a 43-kilometer stretch of land between the 2 coastal locations. Plenty of the properties required for the brand new proper of manner are owned by hoteliers who’ve expressed their assist for the rerouting of the railroad and are keen to promote, Jiménez mentioned.

The deliberate route of the Maya Train. Fonatur

While buying the land will cost round 1 billion pesos, the rerouting will generate financial savings of up to 5 billion pesos as a result of fewer complementary initiatives might be required, he mentioned.

“We will no longer have to go around moving [utility] poles … or replacing roads,” Jiménez mentioned, including that such work would have affected the circulation of site visitors on Highway 307.

The tracks, which is able to run at floor stage aside from one elevated part in Playa del Carmen, might be removed from lodges that overlook the Caribbean Sea, he burdened. “And that’s what the hoteliers want,” the Fonatur director advised Reforma.

“… We reached a good consensus with the hoteliers,” Jiménez mentioned in a separate interview with Milenio Television. (*1*)

He mentioned the US $8-billion, 1,500-kilometer railroad — which may have greater than 30 stations in Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán, Quintana Roo and Chiapas — is already 30% full and on monitor to start operations on the finish of 2023.

With reviews from Reforma and Milenio

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