Guadalajara Reporter

Apr 29th
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Bullet Train To Mexico City Looks To Be Back On Track ?

The plan to develop a high-speed bullet train connecting Mexico City and Guadalajara is still very much alive, Jalisco Governor Francisco Ramirez Acuña said on his return from Spain this week. Ramirez said his meeting with executives of the Basque construction company Construcciones y Auxiliares de Ferrocarriles led him to believe that the project could be viable.
Last year, the Spanish firm that built the AVE (Tren de Alta Velocidad España) linking Madrid and Barcelona announced it would be building a high-speed train link between Queretaro and Mexico City by 2010, the year Queretaro is scheduled to host the World Fair. At that time, it was suggested that the line also be extended west to Leon and Guadalajara.
A high-speed train traveling at a speed of 220 miles per hour would slash traveling time between the capital and the Guadalajara to two hours and ten minutes.
The economics of the project, however, are mind-boggling. The cost of building the line is estimated at around 1.3 billion dollars. The state government is committed to many other major infrastructure at the moment and it would be unrealistic to expect the private sector to bear the entire financial burden of such a mammoth project.
While in Spain, the governor also sought investment for two additional lines for Guadalajara's subway system (Tren Ligero). Ramirez joined only the last leg of the trade mission which included four other European countries.

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