New bullet train could connect Monterrey with San Antonio!

By Daniel Juárez

The first of its kind that will unite Mexico and the USA

Texas’ Ministry of Transport is currently researching the possibility of the construction of a high-speed rail that travels from San Antonio to Monterrey, Mexico. The research will focus on the creation of the so-called bullet train that will take passengers between these two cities. Results will be delivered to the city of Laredo to be evaluated and finally determine if its development is feasible or not.

High speed train outsideOriginalImage: “Taiwan High Speed Rail” by Edwin Rios, under CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

The project was originally presented in early 2014 to the USA’s secretary of transport Anthony Foxx, however this was postponed until 2016. Democrat Congressman Henry Cueller will wait for results over the next couple of months.

“We hope the results of the Texas’ Ministry of Transport research about the high-speed rail connecting Monterrey to San Antonio will be due in a couple of months”— says Congressman Cuellar— “They want to do this the right way, because this will initiate a solidified project, so it is the first and most important step” he explained during an interview with the newspaper Zócalo.

Besides the need for a strong investment, there is also the issue regarding migration processes, which they need to properly set up in order for everyone to travel legally from country to country.

The city of Saltillo has also come out in response to this new project. Legislators along with the Chamber of National Trade, Services and Tourism (Canaco), will ask the capital of Coahuila to be taken into account for the bullet train project between these two cities. PRI’s (Partido Revolucionario Institucional) deputy, Francisco Tobias Hernández, commented on the fact that Canaco mentioned several advantages of extending the project to the city of Saltillo, so they are now encouraging businessmen of Saltillo to jump on board as soon as they can.

High speed train insidesOriginalImage: “Madrid–Seville high-speed rail line” by LWYang, under CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

A bullet train can reach speeds of over 200 km/h on existing revamped rails, even up to 250 km/h on specially designed high speed rails according to the International Union of Railways (UIC). High-speed rails are considered among the safest means of transportation in the world, being placed third just behind airplanes. Over the last 40 years there have only been 5 accidents with casualties. Its incredible speed allows it to be a highly competitive means of transportation against aerial, short distance travel wise.

The travel itself is supposed to be of no more than two hours, which will save a significant amount of time against normal means —traveling by highway takes regularly 5 hours, and the total distance from one point to the other is 483 km. Both countries are evaluating this project and the budget is estimated to be of approximately 500 million dollars and very likely to interest private investors.

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