The completion of the Suburban Train branch to the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) has encountered an obstacle, leading to a delay in testing and opening in the third quarter of 2024. This is the final stretch of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration, who has pledged not to leave any work unfinished.
In an interview, Max Noria, director of Marketing for Suburban Railways, stated that the right of way has been the main issue and as of September, the authority reported that they were 80% clear of the road. The exact number of sections that remain to be released in the 15 kilometers where the company works remains unknown, but it is expected that the project will be ready for testing sometime in the last quarter of this administration’s term.
The new deadline implies an extension of the previously mentioned June 2023 date for train operation. The construction covers 23 kilometers with eight located in Santa Lucía air base polygon and 15 kilometers in Tultitlán and Tultepec municipalities. In Tultepec section, Suburban Railways is carrying out civil engineering work to equip branch line including catenary, electrical substation and signaling systems while Secretariat of Infrastructure Communications and Transportation is responsible for trains acquisition and other infrastructure.
As per September, project was 46% complete with day-night work ongoing by 77 machines and over 2 thousand workers aiming to fulfill President López Obrador’s promise not to leave any works unfinished.