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Concerns grow over the lack of trees along major new mega projects

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Work on infrastructure for Mérida’s new electric “trams,” as well as other major projects, is well underway.

The new Ie-Tram transit system will be the first of its kind in Latin America and is reported to be 100% electric and carbon emission free. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

But many Meridanos have noted the lack of trees on major projects like the under-construction Ie-Tram network, La Plancha Park, and the Gastronomic Corridor on Calle 47.

Though no trees have yet been planted along Mérida’s Gastronomic Corridor on Calle 47, project managers say the “greening” of the area will be the last step in the project. Photo: Lee Steele / Yucatán Magazine

However, municipal authorities have reassured the project that ample vegetation and tree cover will accompany all of these projects when complete.

For example, Parque La Plancha’s, general design remains basically the same as when it was confirmed in 2022. Authorities have made a point of signaling that the area will have plenty of vegetation and will not turn out to be a concrete jungle.

Aerial photograph of construction at La Plancha taken Aug 3, 2023. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

“One of the things that make our city so lovely is how green it is, and it’s vital that our new grand park reflects this as well,” said Mérida Mayor Renán Barrera.

Along the Ie-tram network, a small percentage of existing trees have been salvaged, though workers can be seen planting new ones.

A rendering made public by Mérida’s city government shows what the Ie-Tram network will look like when completed. Image: Courtesy

The new Ie-Tram vehicles will run along one-way dedicated stretches of road to avoid traffic and make commuting times considerably shorter. 

Section of the Ie-Tram network that will pass Mérida’s Periferico in the north, onwards to Kanasín. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

These electric vehicles will run roughly 100 kilometers, connecting Mérida, Uman, and Kanasín

Within Mérida, the new transit network will run along three main arteries to the north, southeast, and southwest. 

The central hub for the Ie-Tram is to be located within the also-under-construction Parque La Plancha, which will connect Mérida with the Tren Maya station near Hacienda Teya. 

A view of the ESAY art college and former train station which will reportedly double as a hub for Mérida’s Ie-Tram network. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy, and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.
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