The completion of the Suburban Train branch to the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) has faced a major obstacle in its bid to start tests and be opened in the third quarter of 2024. This is the final stretch of the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has pledged not to leave any work unfinished.
In an interview, Max Noria, director of Marketing for Suburban Railways, revealed that the right-of-way has been the main issue and as of September, the authorities reported that they were 80 percent clear of it. The exact number of sections remaining to be released in the 15 kilometers where the company operates is unknown, but it is expected that the project will be ready for testing sometime in the last quarter of this administration’s term, allowing for potential operation to begin in the third quarter of next year.
The new deadline implies an extension of June 2023 as a date for train operation. The construction covers 23 kilometers with eight located within Santa Lucía Air Base polygon and 15 kilometers on municipalities Tultitlán and Tultepec. In Tultepec’s section, Suburban Railways are currently carrying out civil engineering work to equip with catenary, electrical substation and signaling systems while Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation is responsible for acquiring trains and other infrastructure.
As September progressed, this project was only 46% complete with work ongoing around-the-clock by over 77 machines and more than two thousand workers determined to fulfill their president’s promise not to leave any works unfinished.