Mexico City, Mexico — President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the Maya Train will launch when he begins his administration, adding that the Cancun train project has been extended to now include more stops.
He says after project meetings, the train will now travel through Tabasco, Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo and Yucatan. He says the additional stops will significantly increase the project, changing from the initial 900 kilometer track to a new 1,500 kilometers.
To finance the project, he said funds will be raised from tourism tax which is around 7 billion peso per year and will require both government and private capital.
“The altruism tax funds will be used,” he said at a press conference after a meeting with the next tourism secretary, Miguel Torruco, adding that “the work will be built no later than 4 years.
He stressed the importance of the Mayan Train for the cultural connection it will imply worldwide.
The new Cancun-Palenque route is being extended to include Campeche, Mérida, Valladolid, Tabasco and Quintana Roo, although the project originally included Cancún, Tulum, Bacalar, Calakmul and Palenque, which Lopez Obrador says was to bring tourism to forgotten places.