Mexicans will be experiencing high speed in terms of travel very soon as a high-speed passenger rail service is on the cards. President Enrique Pena Nieto announced that a service will be launched in between 2015 and 2016 which will have trains plying at speed of up to 110 mph. The high-speed rail system will link Mexico City with Queretaro city. The total distance of 120 miles to the northwest will be covered in two hours.



The entire project is estimated to cost approximately $4.5 billion. Both the federal and state governments will be funding the project. Studies relating to feasibility and cost estimates have already being sketched up for the high-speed rail system. These studies are expected to be completed by early March. Mexico has a network of rail lines that link cargo ports on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. However the country lacks in tourist trains as passenger service was shut down in the 1990s.

One of the smallest of Mexico’s states, Queretaro is popular for its music, art, handicrafts, Unesco World Heritage sites and arched aqueduct system which were built in the early 1700s. The region is a featured stop on Mexico’s Ruta del Vino or Wine Route.

Once successfully implement, plan is to extend this route to Guadalajara. Among long term plans also includes the one to link the colonial city of Merida with the Riviera Maya. These plans are just on paper for the time being as no timeline has been discussed so far (related news: Cancun-Tulum Corridor to Get Environment Friendly Mode of Transportation).

Infrastructure wise Mexico has been witnessing a boom. From world class hotel chains establishing their brands to improvement in the mode of communication, the country is on a roll. The pro-market government and the newly elected President are doing their best to fetch the glory for the country which it truly deserves.

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