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The Mexico City - Toluca intercity train

Section 1, elevated viaduct of the Mexico City – Toluca train.

Section 1, elevated viaduct of the Mexico City – Toluca train.

In 2013, SENER was chosen by the Mexican Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) for the final preliminary engineering design of the Mexico City – Toluca intercity train. In 2014 it was also awarded the construction project, and in late 2015 it clinched the contract to provide technical assistance during the execution of the work.

The train is the only one of its kind in the country, as it runs along a 57.7-km railway corridor between the stations of Zinacantepec, in the city of Toluca, and the Observatory in Mexico City, with four stations between (Terminal de Autobuses, Metepec, Lerma and Santa Fe), making up a high-capacity, high-performance intercity rail link which will offer passengers a safe, quick, comfortable, inexpensive, and environmentally sustainable alternative means of transport. The line runs through an area with a highly complex terrain, as well as a natural protected area, which is why tunnels and viaducts, with gradients of up to 52%, comprise 84% of the project.

The train will give daily service to more than 230,000 passengers,with an expected demand estimated to reach 540,000.

The train will give daily service to more than 230,000 passengers, with an expected demand of 540,000 passengers. The rail system designed by SENER reaches speeds of up to 160 kmph, linking the terminal stations in 39 minutes at an operating speed of 90 kmph.

The project undertaken by SENER also includes the design of the civil infrastructure, rail systems, station and workshop design and the definition of the rolling stock. Furthermore, the train has been designed with a confined double track, a 2x25 kV AC power supply system and a signaling system with continuous protection based on the ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) level 2.

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