Fast Train to Chichen Itza on Track for 2011, State Says

August 3rd, 2010 by ejalbright

Fast Train to Chichen Itza on Track

One of the campaign promises of then-gubernatorial candidate Ivonne Ortega Pacheco was to build a bullet train between Merida, the capital, and Chichen Itza. According to the administration of Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco, construction of the the train is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2011.

The project will be built in phases, the first extending from Merida to Chichen. Later phases will extend that line to the state of Quintana Roo to Calica, the cruise ship port south of Cancun and Playa del Carmen on the Atlantic Coast. Another line will pass through the ancient Maya city of Uxmal onto Campeche in Campeche state.

Fast train route

In her third annual address to the state on Sunday, the governor called the “Tren RĂ¡pido Transpeninsular” (“trans-peninsular rapid train”) “a project for the economic integration and transformation” of the states of the three states of the Yucatan Peninsula–Yucatan, Campeche, and Quintana Roo.

The state has spent some $40 million Mexican in studies on the project, officials said. Those studies will be completed next month.

As currently envisioned, the train will provide passenger and cargo service across the peninsula. The train will initially be propelled using diesel engines, but will later be converted to run on electricity, said Aaron Dychter, a consultant hired to oversee the feasibility studies. “It is a tourism project in which the speed will be needed to make it competitive, considering the large number of tourists who can use it to move to various points of interest in the state,” he said.

(NOTE: According to an article in the Diario de Yucatan, the train only will attain maximum speeds of 120 to 130 kilometers per hour, barely faster than the posted speed limit on a highway, much less equal to high speed trains of Europe or Asia where the slowest travel at 200 kph. I presume this is an error, but if true they might have to rename the project the “Trans-Peninsular Train that Goes Slightly Faster Than Cars.”)

Previously:

Governor Turns to International Bank to Finance Bullet Train to Chichen Itza

Merida Seeks to be Doorway to Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza Airport Eyed to Be New Train Station

Bullet Train to the Past

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