The Government of the Republic, through the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation, decreed to make public the provision of public rail passenger transportation service in the Mexican Railway Systemwith different routes that will leave from Mexico City to the border in Juárez.
In the publication made this Monday, November 20 in the Official Journal of the Federationestablishes that it declares the provision of the public rail passenger transport service in the Mexican Railway System.
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Reason why the concessioned general railway communication routes, Preference will be given to the provision of public passenger rail service and the public rail freight transport service will be respected in terms of the provisions of the respective concession.
“The concessionaires of the public freight rail transportation service will be the first to be invited to present projects for the implementation of the passenger rail service, within their general rail communication routes that were granted to them in concession. Interested parties must submit their proposals to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation no later than January 15, 2024.“, says the publication.
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Likewise, it warns that in the event that the concessionaires of the public freight rail transport service do not present viable proposals in terms of investment, construction time, modernization of roads to provide passenger service or do not express their interest and acceptance within the deadline, established in the previous clause, the Federal Government, through the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportationmay grant assignment titles to the Secretariat of National Defense or the Secretariat of the Navy, which already operate the Maya Train and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec Train, or, where appropriate, to individuals who present proposals and are interested in providing the service. of railway passenger transport in terms of the provisions of the Regulatory Law of Railway Services and its Regulations.
The decree states that the first seven routes that will be concessioned will be the following, and must preferably consider the stations that were in operation before 1995:
Passenger train project routes:
- Train Mexico–Veracruz–Coatzacoalcos
- Interurban Train AIFA–Pachuca
- Train Mexico–Querétaro–León–Aguascalientes
- Train Manzanillo–Colima–Guadalajara–Irapuato
- Mexico–San Luis Potosí–Monterrey–Nuevo Laredo
- Aguascalientes–Chihuahua–Ciudad Juárez
Likewise, the regulation of the public service of rail transport of cargo and passengersas well as the implementation of this decreewill be in charge of the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation and the Railway Transport Regulatory Agency, within the framework of their respective powers.
Originally published in El Heraldo de Chihuahua
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