Last February 28, Ministry of Communications launched the Rules for the tender for the construction of section 1 of the Toluca-Mexico City train called: “Zinacantepec-túnel” with 22 miles long (around 36 km).
The Draft of Rules are for review and feedback for specialists, associations and interested parties, to prepare an official document.
A few dates to keep in mind are:
Official publishing date: February 28, 2014.
Publication at the Federal Official Gazette: March 14, 2014.
Visit to the site: March 19, 2014.
Meeting for Q&A: March 20 to April 17, 2014.
Presentation and opening of proposals: May 18, 2014.
Award event: June 2014.
This Project will be divided in three sections for a total of 35.5 miles (57.7 km), with 4 mid-stations Terminal de Autobuses, Metepec/Aeropuerto, Lerma, Santa Fe) and 2 terminals (Observatorio y Zinacantepec), with electric trains. There is an estimate demand of 270,000 per day (in both ways) with a maximum speed of 99 mph (160 Km/h) and a travel time of 39 minutes.
The tender is open to Mexico-based companies. Companies with interest should incorporate or open a representation at the earliest convenience, as train projects are happening, and happening fast. This is why the Railways Law is set to be amended this month. Would it happen before the Launch? It could. It really could.