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Chepe Express
The Chepe Express on one of the spectacular viaducts of its route

The first railway in Mexico opened in 1850 between Veracruz and El Molino, a distance of 11.5km. It was built to standard (1435mm) gauge, which was also used for most subsequent railway development in the country.

The national network has been privatised is operated by several companies. Passenger services are for the most part confined to a number of tourist routes but there are plans for new services, most notably the proposed mixed traffic Tren Maya link to Cancun. The 956km line will run from Palenque to Cancun via Valladolid. Construction began on the first 228km section from Palenque to Escárcega in 2020, with an anticipated completion date of 2023 for that section, and 2027 for the whole line. An alternative route via Bacalar (for Chetumal) is planned for a later date.

In 2020, the Baja California state infrastructure ministry awarded a contract to provide the first 27km of a passenger service from Tijuana, largely following the route of the Baja Railroad. The service could in future be extended to Tecate.

There are a number of international connections for freight with the United States of America. A link with Guatemala terminates at Tecún Umán, a short distance on the Guatemalan side of the border.

Proposed Passenger Railway

Proposed Passenger and Freight Railway

Freight Railways

Tourist Passenger Services

Light Rail, Urban and Commuter Railways

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