Mexican government officials present environmental initiatives of the Maya train

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Mexican officials highlighted environmental efforts related to the Maya train project.

During President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s morning press conference, environment minister Maria Luisa Albores said the government had planted millions of trees along Section 5.

“We are talking about more than 142 million mahogany and cedar trees planted compared to the 300,000 [that were felled] south of Section 5,” she said.

And the director of the national tourism office Fonatur, Javier May Rodríguez, added that the trains will be powered by a hybrid system.

“The service for tourists, locals and freight will be offered in modern trains built in Ciudad Sahagún, in the state of Hidalgo, specifically in the Alstom and Alstom Bombardier factories,” he said. “To reduce emissions, the trains will use a hybrid power system that can use diesel or electric power. To this end, 700 km of railway will be electrified between Mérida and Chetumal.

May also said rights of way for the entire 1,554km route were secured through 380 dialogue meetings with more than 40,000 landowners.

Forbes reported Sunday that the Ministry of Finance (SHCP) authorized 10 billion pesos ($489 million) more for the project, or 16.5% more than planned in the 2022 budget approved by the congress. Total capex now exceeds 73 billion pesos.

May said that 36.8 billion pesos have been invested during the first four months of the year and that the project has become “the main generator of jobs in the Mexican southeast”.

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