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Tender issued for Queretaro passenger rail line

Coming to Cuautitlán
Coming to Cuautitlán

We recently gushed in this space about the tender issue for the project to build a passenger train between Mexico City and the nearby city of Toluca. As we insisted repeatedly in that post, we think this is a good thing, but frankly we don’t expect to be running back and forth to Toluca much, train or no. Querétaro, however, is another matter, which is why we are now plotzing with glee to report that the Communications and Transport Ministry (SCT) has published the tender for construction of the high-speed train intended to link Mexico City with Querétaro.

The city of Querétaro is the center of a booming industrial zone in Mexico’s central Bajío region. There is an enormous volume of vehicle traffic between Mexico City and this area every day, and it is only getting worse as aerospace, automotive manufacturing and their supporting industries continue to grow like wildfire.   The area also offers wonderful weekend getaway opportunities for stressed out capitalinos, with touristy small cities such as San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato and Tequisquiapan – as well as Querétaro itself – all in proximity. The area just north of Tequisquiapan, a fairly short drive from Querétaro, has become popular as a weekend destination for its wineries and artisanal cheese producers. Access to all of these activities, whether business or recreation, will improve significantly with direct passenger train service from Mexico City to Querétaro, and likewise access to the capital will increase for the Bajío as well. Continue reading Tender issued for Queretaro passenger rail line

Will the passenger rail dream come true this time in Mexico?

train 2On June 20, 2014, Mexico’s Communications and Transport Ministry (SCT) announced the winner of a public tender to construct the first section of a passenger rail line between Mexico City and the nearby city of Toluca in the State of Mexico.  What sounds like a “roundup” item from a construction industry bulletin, for us is like a lightning bolt to the heart, a thunderclap of excitement, daring us to dream beyond limits!  This is what it’s like to be really into public policy, so warn your children.  In any case, the Toluca tender could potentially represent much more than just a juicy government contract for the winner, and we are excited. Continue reading Will the passenger rail dream come true this time in Mexico?