By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
A subsidiary of the Canadian Bombardier transport consortium has won a bid to construct Mexico’s the rail system for Mexico’s controversial Tren Maya tourist train infrastructure project, the Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) government announced Wednesday, May 26.
The $1.84 billion project will include the design, manufacture, delivery, testing and commissioning of 42 trains, Mexico’s National Tourism Promotion Fund (Fonatur) said in a statement.
Bombardier will be joined in the project by France’s Alstom and the Mexican firms Gami Ingenieria e Instalaciones, Construcciones Urales and Construcciones Urales Procesos Industriales.
The announcement came as a bit of a shock for many Mexicans since Alstom played a key role in the construction of Mexico City’s Line 12 metro railway, which suffered a major collapse on May 3, killing at least 26 people.
The group’s tender was 890 million pesos lower than the second-lowest offer received for the 1,470-kilometer rail line in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Fonatur said.