After that Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced its intention for KSCM and Ferromex to use the railway infrastructure also for passengers, the corresponding decree was published in the DOF last week.
Signed by AMLO, the two companies are given until January 15 to present proposals, based on 7 routes that operated in 1995 before privatizing 17,484 kilometers with Ernesto Zedillo.
It is pointed out that this process was “a disgrace” that ruined a crucial system for the country. Wow, this 2023 marks 150 years of the first railway.
Concessionaires must submit their investment proposals to the SICT of Jorge Nuño and if they are not satisfactory, Sedena de Luis Cresencio Sandoval and Navy José Rafael Ojeda.
The decree points out that perhaps it was never thought that the State would use its powers to open concessions to passengers.
The truth is that this statement is not accurate. With Enrique Pena Nieto It was discussed opening up other cargo permit holders driven by the steel and cement sectors. Although no progress was made, KSCM Oscar del Cueto and Ferromex of German Larrea They anticipated that with AMLO the matter would be resumed.
So there is no surprise. In the US, Unión Pacifico is a partner of Ferromex that carries Fernando Lopez Guerra and KCS handle passengers on many sections in collaboration with Amtrak.
Passenger railways are not profitable anywhere in the world, but subsidies have a social justification, which is what is considered.
The current roads have been modernized, but will require adjustments to move passengers. It should be started gradually with short routes, for example Mexico-Querétaro. On that road there is even space in the middle to build a purpose-built route.
Obviously these are million-dollar investments and perhaps some will be spent by KSCM and Ferromex, willing to talk, although the concessions will also have to be extended. If the State chooses to go alone, progress will be extremely slow.
Contrary to what is said there, neither KSCM nor Ferromex will take refuge because what AMLO demands is reflected in the concession titles. However, there will be no immediate results.
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