The completion of the Suburban Train branch to the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) has been delayed, with tests and opening now set for the third quarter of 2024. This is the final stretch of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration, who has promised not to leave any work unfinished.
In an interview, 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 this 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 Tultitlán and Tultepec municipalities. In Tultepec section, Suburban Railways are 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 acquisition trains other infrastructure.
As September, project was 46 percent complete with ongoing work by 77 machines and more than 2 thousand workers underway on fulfilling López Obrador’s promise not to leave any work unfinished.