The Government of Mexico under the regime of the current president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, called the “Fourth Transformation”, has a master plan to return passenger trains to the traveling life of the country, creating more train routes throughout the states.
The Mayan Train would not be the last of the 4T, but the first of several that are planned to be built throughout the six-year terms to reactivate the passenger train routes that were once so important in the life of Mexico.
In fact, as revealed by federal deputy Miguel Torrruco Garza (son of the federal Secretary of Tourism and legislator very close to President AMLO’s circle), the 4T has a plan to create another 9 additional passenger train lines to the “Chepe” of Chihuahua and the Mayan Train that will be finished in 2023. He even leaked a map of the routes and names that these new tracks would have on his social networks.
Among these, one draws calls a lot of attention, and it is the “Tren del Bajío”, which, as seen on the map, would have its first station in Puerto Vallarta, and would make stops in cities such as Guadalajara, Mexico City and its final destination is Poza Rica, Veracruz.
This train route would be 1500 kilometers long. If ever gets done, it would undoubtedly connect in an important way to the coast of Jalisco. Although unfortunately, beyond the leak of this map supposedly extracted by the Morenista deputy from among the inner circles of AMLO’s cabinet, there are no more details.
This supposed master plan would be fully realized, as revealed by Miguel Torruco, by the year 2050, that is, it is long-term, so the trains would be built over various six-year terms, which of course would be subject to the 4T.
A passenger train in Puerto Vallarta is not a new dream: the passenger trains that will soon reach Tepic and Tuxpan in Nayarit were once intended to go further, to the Jalisco coast, but nothing was ever done.
Puerto Vallarta only knows the tracks of a train that took workers from the Montgomerry banana farm from the Ixtapa delegation to the beach in Boca de Tomates, on what is now Highway 544.
The passenger train to important cities would undoubtedly be a project that would benefit the connectivity of the region to increase its tourist influx.
These are the routes of the map filtered by Miguel Torruco:
Pacific Train with an extension of 4,700 kilometers. From Ensenada, Baja California, to Tapachula, Mexico City.
El Chepe, 673 kilometers. From Los Mochis, Sinaloa, to Creel, Chihuahua.
Western Train, with an extension of 2,250 kilometers. From Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, to Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico City.
Eastern Train, with an extension of 2,000 kilometers. From Piedras Negras, Torreón, to Acapulco, Guerrero.
The route of the Transversal Train, 1,200 kilometers. From Mazatlán, Sinaloa, to Reynosa, Tamaulipas.
Gulf Train, with an extension of 1,650 kilometers. From Matamoros, Veracruz, to Palenque, Chiapas.
The Bajio Train, with 1,500 kilometers. From Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, to Poza Rica, Veracruz.
Downtown Train with 1,300 kilometers. From Guadalajara, Jalisco, to Veracruz, Veracruz.
Isthmus Train, with a length of 300 kilometers. From Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, to Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.
Oaxaca train of 750 kilometers. From Puebla, Puebla, to Iztacalco, Mexico City.
The Mayan Train of 1,800 kilometers. From Tuxtla Gutiérrez to Cancún, Quintana Roo, passing through Yucatán.
Source: Vallarta en Linea