Published On: Mon, Nov 4th, 2019

Public-private partnership eyed for high-speed Querétaro train

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The high-speed passenger rail line between Mexico City and Querétaro, suspended four years ago by the previous federal government, could go ahead through a public-private partnership, says the governor of Querétaro.

Francisco Domínguez Servién told the newspaper El Economista that the Querétaro government will continue to meet with its federal counterpart to discuss the viability of a rail link between the state and national capitals.

The master plan for the project, which was postponed in 2015, is in the hands of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT), the governor said.

Domínguez acknowledged that no funds were set aside in the 2020 budget for the rail link but he noted that the right-of-way for its construction has already been obtained.

He said he hoped to meet with officials from President López Obrador’s office as well as representatives of Canadian manufacturer Bombardier to discuss the possibility of establishing a public-private partnership to complete the project.

“. . . Remember that Bombardier, their train division, is in Mexico, in Hidalgo . . .” Domínguez said.

Two months before he was sworn in as president, López Obrador announced that Bombardier would make the rail cars for the Maya Train at its Ciudad Sahagún plant.




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