This is what the Mayan Train will look like

30/05/2021

The interiors of the Tren Maya will be at the height of trains like those in Europe, as can be seen in the images presented this Friday at a press conference. The National Fund for Tourism Development (Fonatur) presented the winning project during the morning press conference led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Said project corresponds to the consortium led by Bombardier and Alstom, companies responsible for manufacturing 42 trains at the plant in Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo.

The general director of Fonatur, Rogelio Jiménez Pons, pointed out that this consortium won the bidding process mainly due to four factors: the difference in costs with respect to the other proposal (890 mpd), the degree of national integration in the assembly of convoys, the delivery times and the design of the cars, in addition to the conditions and analysis contained in the bidding process.

The evaluation of the proposals for the tender was carried out with the support of the following companies and organizations: PricewaterhouseCoopers, in economic matters; Deutsche Bahn in systems; Renfe in rolling stock and workshops; Ineco in rolling stock; Mextypsa, in technical aspects; the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), in support; Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow in legal aspects; and the social witness assigned by the Ministry of Public Administration (SFP).

Seven companies from six countries showed interest in the process: Alstom from France; Bombardier from Canada; CAF from Spain; CRRC from China; Siemens from Germany; Stadler from Switzerland and Talgo from Spain. Finally, the consortiums led by Bombardier-Alstom and CAF submitted a proposal.

The bidding process began with the dissemination of the draft call for bids (pre-bases) on November 24 of last year, where three clarification meetings were held with interested companies, and 2,912 questions were received and answered during the workshops. Finally, the proposals of two companies were received on May 7 (Bombardier and CAF); on May 26, the decision was announced, stating that Bombardier is the winning company and the contract will be signed on June 9. The winning consortium also includes the companies GAMI Ingeniería and Construcciones Urales.

Mayan train: The winning project, led by Alstom and Bombardier, offered better costs, domestic manufacturing, delivery times and design.
Mayan train: The winning project, led by Alstom and Bombardier, offered better costs, domestic manufacturing, delivery times and design.

The head of Fonatur presented the exterior and interior design of each one of the convoys of the Mayan Train proposed by the winning consortium, within which three experiences are contemplated that will allow adapting to each one of the services that the project will provide, such as social transportation (subsidized for local passengers) and short (restaurant) and long stay (stay) tourism.

"You saw three names, they are Mayan names for three types of trains. Everything is inspired by aspects of the region. Here we know that it is very much inspired by the fabrics of the prevailing Mayan culture. There are three types of trains, the standard one with the name Xiinbal which means 'to walk', the restaurant train, which is Janal which in peninsular Maya means 'to eat', and the long-distance train, P'atal, which means 'stay'", he pointed out.

The presentation was accompanied by the general director of Alstom Mexico and legal representative of Bombardier Transportation Mexico, Maite Ramos Gómez; and the commercial director of Bombardier Transportation Mexico, Sandra Palacios Ríos. More design photos on Twitter.

What is the Mayan Train?

According to the initiative of the federal government, the Mayan Train has as its objective an integral project of territorial reorganization, infrastructure, and sustainable tourism. If completed, the Mayan Train will connect the main tourist destinations in the states of Chiapas, Campeche, Tabasco, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo.

The first stone of its construction was laid on December 16, 2018 and the project is expected to be completed in 2024. The train is intended to offer three types of services: mass transport, tourist and commercial. The route includes 17 stations: Palenque, Tenosique, Balancan, Escárcega, San Francisco de Campeche, Mérida, Izamal, Chichén Itzá, Valladolid, Cobá, Cancún, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Bacalar and Calakmul.

Map: This is the outline of the Mayan Train route that will go from Valladolid, Yucatan, to Tulum, Quintana Roo, from where a branch will be made to reach Cancun. Image: Fonatur
Map: This is the outline of the Mayan Train route that will go from Valladolid, Yucatan, to Tulum, Quintana Roo, from where a branch will be made to reach Cancun. Image: Fonatur

As for the route that the train will follow, 95% of the line will pass through existing rights of way. This means that this transport will pass through land that is already conditioned for roads and railways.

This infrastructure project will have different construction phases. The first phase consisted of repairing the railway lines that run from Palenque to Valladolid in 2019. The construction of Selva y Caribe II began in 2020.