August 25, 2021 - -

The federal government (Mexico) is planning to launch an interurban train service to link Coahuila and Nuevo León to the border with the United States at Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

The passenger and freight train project will be divided into two sections, both of which will use existing rail infrastructure, according to the newspaper El Universal, which had access to government planning documents.

The first section will run just over 50 kilometers between Ramos Arizpe, a Coahuila municipality just north of the state capital Saltillo, and García, a Nuevo León municipality about 40 kilometers northwest of Monterrey. Both municipalities are industrial hubs.

Another 265-kilometer-long stretch of railroad is slated to connect Monterrey to Nuevo Laredo, located across the border from Laredo, Texas.

The Rail Transport Regulatory Agency will launch a tendering process to find companies to carry out pre-investment studies for both sections in January 2022. Those studies, which the government wants to be completed by the end of next year, are expected to cost 100 million pesos (about US $5 million), funds that will likely be announced in next month’s budget papers.

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(Editor's note: Texas Rail Advocates article on linking Mexico and Texas to San Antonio ran as an exclusive report earlier this month: )