Mexico continues to struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, with over 400,000 accumulated cases and 46,000 deaths. Mexico City remains at orange, the second highest level of alert under the national traffic light system for establishing economic and mobility restrictions, and the rest of the country’s 32 states are at either red, the highest alert level, or orange. The level of business activity remains substantially reduced with respect to pre-COVID levels and no significant improvement is foreseeable in the near term. Continue reading Mexican economy not 100% dead just yet
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