After its virtual extinction resulting from the "privatization" initiative and US investment conditioned in part upon "don't even THINK
about a Mextrak", it appears that Mexico has visions of reinventing the passenger train.
From the Arizona Republic, a "brief passage":
- MEXICO CITY - High-speed bullet trains whooshing across the Mexican countryside. Electric commuter trains slicing through Mexico City. Gleaming new train stations and state-of-the-art switching systems.
It's all part of an ambitious, multibillion-dollar plan to revive train travel in Mexico, a business that was mostly abandoned in 2001 after decades of mismanagement and long, uncomfortable journeys in aging rail cars.
Now construction crews are tearing up streets along the weed-covered rails leading into Mexico City's crumbling Buenavista station, preparing the way for a new $5 billion commuter-rail system that officials are calling the Suburban Train. And the government is about to open bidding on a $12 billion, 180-mph "Tren Bala," or bullet train, the western hemisphere's first, that will run 360 miles between Mexico City and Guadalajara, the country' second-largest city..."
Here is the complete article:
http://www.azcentral.com/business/artic ... ain06.html
The under construction Mexico (City) rail commuter system, including use of the "palatial' Buenavista Station, will surely be an overnight success. Some of the other pipe dreams set forth.....well, consultants have to earn a living.