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Mexico's transport and communications ministry (SCT) launched a tender last week for construction of the Mexico City-Toluca passenger rail line. BNamericas takes a look below at the key aspects of the project.
The project will be divided into a series of separate tenders, with the first open to Mexican companies only. The tender launched on February 28 is a public works contract, not a concession, for construction of the first 36km of railway. Subsequent tenders will relate to the acquisition of rolling stock and electromechanical works.
The electric trains will travel at speeds of up to 160km/h along the 57.7km route between Observatorio in Mexico City and Zinacantepec in Mexico state (Edomex). The line will have four stations and two main terminals, including a stop at Metepec, close to Toluca international airport.
The journey will take 39 minutes and is expected to transport 270,000 passengers a day.
A site visit will be held on March 19 and bids must be submitted for the first tender by May 18. That tender will be awarded on June 10.
Pre-operation testing is expected to start in 4Q17.
The train will cut journey times by 90 minutes and potentially reduce the flow of vehicles along the route by more than 200,000 a day.
The reduction in vehicle use is expected to generate 680mn pesos (US$51mn) in savings a year that would otherwise be spent on road and public transport maintenance.
The drop in vehicle use will also result in a reduction of 34,500t of CO2.