Published On: Sat, Jul 21st, 2018

State and Federal governments must unify efforts to build Cancún-Tulum railway route

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The vice-president of the Caribbean Business Coordinating Council (CCE), Miguel Ángel Lemus Mateos, considered that the two railway projects proposed by both the state government and the virtual president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, should be unified to avoid duplication of efforts in investments in similar ventures.

And is that in addition to AMLO’s proposal to connect Cancun with Palenque, Quintana Roo governor Carlos Joaquín González wants to start connecting Cancun with Tulum, with stops along the Riviera Maya.

The estimated investment is 40 billion pesos for a stretch of 126 kilometers and the call for bids is planned to be launched in 2019.

In the description of the project it is specified that the train would have different stations in the main population centers, including the Cancun International Airport.

Its construction is planned in two stages, the first from Cancun to Playa del Carmen and the second from Playa del Carmen to Tulum.

“The train contributes to the regional development of the northern zone, considerably improves urban and tourist mobility, integrates labor markets and generates an alternative for the distribution of inputs for the economic activity of the Riviera Maya”, according to the project description.

“This initative is promoted by the government of the state of Quintana Roo and is in the stage of studies, where the participation of the public and private sectors will be determined. At the moment, it is in process of permissions with the corresponding federal dependencies and no federal resources are assigned to the project”, reads the technical file.


Since the beginning of the administration of Carlos Joaquín González, this project was proposed as part of the portfolio of large projects that would be promoted during his administration through a reform of the investment law that allowed Public-Private Partnerships in the state of Quintana Roo.

Lemus Mateos said that although the state government already had within its plans to promote this infrastructure, coordination should be established between the Federation and the state government so that efforts are not duplicated and, on the contrary, they are aligned towards a common goal.

The entrepreneur added that an undertaking of this magnitude would not only trigger the local economy for the project itself, but for the complementary investments that would be made to strengthen the tourism industry throughout the Cancun-Riviera Maya corridor.

In addition to the train, the government of Quintana Roo uploaded the bridge over Cancun’s Nichupté Lagoon to the Proyectos México platform, which seeks to help the vehicular traffic situation in Cancun’s hotel zone.

The bridge would connect the Nichupté Lagoon with Boulevard Kukulkán, in order to improve the mobility between the hotel zone and the city of Cancun.




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