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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.

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