The completion of the Suburban Train branch to the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) has faced an obstacle, delaying the start of tests and opening in the third quarter of 2024. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised not to leave any work unfinished, and this project is a testament to that commitment.
Max Noria, director of Marketing of Suburban Railways, stated that the right-of-way has been the main issue and as of September, the authority reported that they were 80 percent clear of the road. The exact number of sections that remain to be released in the 15 kilometers where the company works is unknown, but it is expected that the project will be ready for testing sometime in the last quarter of the administration, allowing for the operation to potentially begin in the third quarter of next year.
The new deadline implies an extension of the previously mentioned June 2023 date for the train to be in operation. The construction of the Suburban branch from Lechería station to AIFA covers 23 kilometers, with eight located in Santa Lucía air base polygon and 15 in municipalities Tultitlán and Tultepec. In Tultitlán section, Suburban Railways are carrying out civil engineering work to equip branch line with catenary, electrical substation and signaling systems while Secretariat of Infrastructure Communications and Transportation is responsible for acquiring trains and other infrastructure.
As per September report by authority, project was only at 46% completion stage with round-the-clock work by 77 machines and over 2 thousand workers underway to fulfill President’s promise not leaving any work unfinished.