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5 Reasons Why Mexico Needs a High-Speed Train

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is making good on his promise to bring back rail transport to Mexico with the Transpeninsular Yucatan Train to Quintana Roo in southeastern Mexico, linking the cities of Merida, Uxmal, Izamal, Chichen Itza and Valladolid along with vacation resorts in Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya.

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Original Article Text From CNN Mexico via Google Translate:

Construction on the Fast Train in Mexico will Transpeninsular 2014

The fast train that will Transpeninsular Yucatan to Quintana Roo in southeastern Mexico, will begin construction in 2014, said Friday the Minister of Communications and Transport, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza.

The train, which is part of the president’s plan prosperous Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, transport goods but also seeks to return passenger trains to the country.

During his first visit to Yucatan as president, Peña Nieto said the train give the state “another face and other modern means of transport, insurance and advanced”.

The president of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) will be reported in January when Secretary of Communications and Transport, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, will meet with the governors of Yucatan and Quintana Roo to create the project, and then start the bidding and continue the construction.

“The train is modern art (…) allow visits to archaeological heritage,” said Ruiz Esparza.

What are the advantages of the train? The Presidency published on its website the five main benefits of the train.
Increase economic benefit from tourism, to bring Merida, Uxmal, Izamal, Chichen Itza and Valladolid with holiday resorts in Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya.

Facilitate the movement of people in Yucatan and Quintana Roo.

Allow Yucatecan entrepreneurs supply the tourist area of ​​the Riviera Maya with products.

The train connects the airport of Valladolid and logistics center that will boost the Governor Rolando Zapata.

Facilitate export products from the Yucatan.

Reduce traffic on the road.

The project Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto Prospero also includes the construction of another passenger train going from Mexico to Queretaro and Toluca, reported the president having taken office on Dec. 1 .

At that time, Peña Nieto also announced the extension of metro services in Monterrey, Guadalajara and light rail transport between Chalco and La Paz in Mexico State.

The event was also attended by Secretary of Tourism, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, and the governor of Yucatan, Rolando Bello, who said that “the infrastructure is essential to close gap between states” and expected to approach the project with the government of Yucatán federal government.

Peña Nieto and the Mayan calendar
The president used his visit to Yucatan to give their opinion on the beginning of a new era in the Mayan calendar.

“Today just closes a cycle in the Mayan calendar and some have thought that this is a fatalistic fate, but the Maya and we are confident that this is the start of a new era, a new phase for the whole country and for everyone, “he said in his speech.

Peña Nieto expressed his hope that “the legacy of the Mayan culture permeates the entire country” and spread to the inhabitants of encouragement to “contribute to a modern Mexico and development.”

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