Saturday, May 17, 2014
Traveling via High Speed Train from Mexico City to Queretaro, Mexico
The gist of it is that the government needs to find funding; it needs to find a manufacturer for the train itself; and then all kinds of permits and licensing would take place in order to reach completion. Who knows how many years all of this would take? I can't imagine that it could be ready in less then three years, if not more.
The interesting information is that it would take approximately one hour from DF to Queretaro at a cost of 300 pesos or so. That is comparable to taking the three and a half hour executive bus at about the same cost!
With a city of over two million, along with a growing airport that is serviced by many airlines, I could see a great usage of this train.
Queretaro is about a 45 minute drive from here with easy bus or taxi service to San Miguel. The train could not service San Miguel as our tracks are under contract to CSX on a multi year contract for movement of freight.
Add to this new wrinkle in making it easier to get around, a new airline started service from Queretaro in March. The name is TAR (that is the abbreviation). Service to Cancun is only about $77USD! Plus it has service to the South that used to only be accessible by taking a bus to Mexico City and then a bus to your final destination or paying a fortune to fly from DF to Hualtuco, or other destinations.
The times are a'changin'! Amazingly so. It was only about 15 years ago that in order to get to San Miguel you HAD to go through Mexico City and then take a bus from there. Now you still can go that route, but its easier and not necessarily more expensive, to fly in and out of Leon or Queretaro......equidistance from San Miguel - about a 45 minute shuttle ride.
Yes indeed, the infrastructure upgrades to the roads and airports begun by former President Calderone has begun to come to fruition in terms of tourism. I read just the other day that the tourism figures for the first quarter of this year are already up 10% of people coming into Mexico. Even more surprising was the number of tourists within country traveling to see places they have not experienced before. As I've said in the past, 80% of the tourism in San Miguel is Mexican nationals and only about 20% is international. A surprising statistic to many, but a valid number.
It's exciting, interesting and sometimes dismaying to see things change so rapidly! Then again, some things don't change fast enough. Life is interesting.