Mexico plans cutbacks to president’s flagship ‘Mayan Train’ project

6/18/19 – Reuters

By Daina Beth Solomon

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Mexico will shorten the 1,525-km (948-mile) route for a proposed “Mayan Train” designed to link tourist hot spots and spur development on the Yucatan Peninsula, an official said on Tuesday, in a move aimed at saving about $287 million in costs.

The change is one of the first major cutbacks to one of the flagship projects put forward by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whose infrastructure plans have drawn skepticism from influential sections of the business community.

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