Mayan Train starts operations with delays of more than four hours


MEXICO CITY ( On its first day of operations with a paid ticket, the Maya Train registered a delay of more than four hours to leave Cancun, due to a configuration failure by Alstom, the company that built the railways.

The train, with a timetable of 11 a.m., finally left the depots around 3:30 p.m. bound for San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche, reports indicated.

The first passengers, mainly supporters of the 4T government, arrived very early at the Cancún Airport station to board the train at 7 a.m., which also had a 15-minute delay when leaving for its destination.

But the main problem arose with the departure scheduled for 11 am.

Mayan Train personnel informed passengers that the railway had a configuration problem attributed to the company Alstom, which built the vehicles in Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo.

Despite the delay of more than four hours, the passengers greeted the vehicle with batons when it arrived at the station, where they finally boarded it and began their trip.

Mayan Train staff gave the passengers who experienced the delay souvenirs from the train station.

The delayed unit was identified with the name Xiimbal, which in Mayan means walking or walking.

This afternoon he makes his trip to towns in Yucatán and Campeche. It is expected to arrive at the latter state, its final destination, around 10 p.m. and not at 2 p.m. as planned.

In the last few hours, the inauguration of the Mayan Train has caused enormous expectation, both from supporters of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s project and from detractors of the work due to the vast number of trees it has devastated, environmentalists have pointed out.

Since Friday afternoon, according to reports, supporters of the project showed up at the Cancún Airport station. Some came from the center of the country to witness the arrival of the railway units.

Those in charge of the project have enabled ADO buses – at an extra cost – to transport passengers from the Cancún station, since the population center is about 15 kilometers from there.

The Mayan Train began operations with two departure times from its bases: at 7 and 11 am. Offers two ticket prices; tourist class at 1,166 pesos and premier at 1,866 pesos, a high cost, sectors of the local population have criticized.

The project is not yet finished, as most of the sections located in Quintana Roo and southern Campeche remain to be completed.

Source: Proseso