Monday, August 4, 2014

Mexico Will Have Latin America’s First High-Speed Train, Government Says

The high-speed Mexico City-Queretaro train, which will cover the 210-kilometer (130-mile) route at a speed of 300 kph (186 mph), will be the first of its kind in Latin America, the Communications and Transportation Secretariat said.

The train will carry 23,000 passengers per day “safely, quickly, comfortably and in an environmentally friendly way,” the secretariat said in a statement. The high-speed rail line will benefit more than 25 million people economically and create 60,000 jobs during the construction phase, the secretariat said. The train will offer service between Mexico City’s Buenavista station and downtown Queretaro, the capital of the like-named state, covering the distance in two hours.

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