President Andrés Manuel López Obrador published this moon in the Official Diary of the Federación the decree by which the service of passenger trains in the Mexican Railway System was declared as “priority area for national development”.
On the 8th of November, López Obrador informed that he was preparing a decree to allow 20,000,000 railway miles to be used by passengers and that he was currently using his freight vehicles and that he would summon, in the preferred way, to the current concessionaires of via railroad tracks through the presentation of formal projects.
Precisely in the decree it is stated that the concessions of the public freight transport service (among them, the Ferromex companies, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, Ferrosur and Ferrovalle) “will be the first to be invited to present the projects for the implementation of the passenger railway service”.
“Interested parties must present their proposals before the Secretaría de Infrastructura, Comunicaciones y Transportes (SICT) a later than 15 de enero de 2024”, it says.
In the document it is indicated that “the first roads on which they are located” sound: México-Veracruz-Coatzacoalcos, Interurbano AIFA-Pachuca, México-Querétaro-León-Aguascalientes, Manzanillo-Colima-Guadalajara-Irapuato, México-San Luis Potosí-Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo, México -Querétaro-Guadalajara-Tepic-Mazatlán-Nogales y Aguascalientes-Chihuahua-Ciudad Juárez“you must preferentially consider the stations that operated before 1995”.
In a public event in Mexico City on the anniversary of the 113th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, which was celebrated on November 20, López Obrador informed of the decree.
“The revolution took place in the railway industry. It was announced to publish the decree establishing the decline in modern passenger service with the use of 17,000 484 kilometers of railway and installations that were granted for freight service It’s okay to use the passenger service.”
“This decision is due to the fact that the routes are more economical, convenient and less contaminated, can electrify the roads, are a more secure public transport and will increase the mobility of the population of the main cities of Mexico up to the northern border”, dijo.
The decree, published by the SICT, specifies that in the concessionary routes, “it will be preferred to the provision of the public railway service of passengers and will be respected by the public railway transport service at the end of the provision in the respective concession”.
Furthermore, to operate the passenger routes, the current freight transport service concessions “will be the first to be invited to present the projects for the implementation of the passenger railway service”, on the routes that the vehicles are to be operated .
Please note that in case the concessionaires “do not present any viable investments in inversion, time of construction, modernization of roads to provide passenger service or do not express their interest and acceptance in the established plaza”, the Federal Government, through the The SICT, “can be assigned titles of assignment to the Secretaría de la Defense Nacional or the Secretaría de Marina, que ya operan el Tren Maya y el Tren del Istmo de Tehuantepec.
In this case, “there are particulars that are presented and are interested in providing passenger transport services at the end of which they are provided by the Railway Regulations and Regulations”.
“The Federal Government, through the Secretaría de Infraestructura, Comunicaciones y Transportes, can be assigned titles of assignment to the Secretaría de la Defense Nacional or the Secretaría de Marina, que ya operan el Tren Maya y el Tren del Istmo de Tehuantepec, o In this case, there are particulars that we present and are interested in providing the service”, explains the decree.
The publication of the document takes place on the 150th anniversary of the installation of the first railroad in Mexico that was initiated by President Benito Juárez García and concluded by President Sebastián Lerdo of Mexico City in Veracruz.