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Construction of Tren Maya HQ in Mérida advances at a rapid pace

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An enormous office building that intends to serve as the Tren Maya headquarters is advancing at a rapid pace.

According to Por Esto, somewhere between 300 and 400 workers are working around the clock to finish the project by this time next year.

The sprawling complex is located in the north of Mérida, directly across from Plaza Galerias shopping mall.

Workers can be seen laboring at all hours of the day and night in order to meet their deadlines. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The multi-story building is designed to serve as the main headquarters for the Tren Maya, though why exactly it needs to be so large is a bit of a mystery.

Also unknown is the construction budget, which, like the rest of the Tren Maya project, is being built by Mexico’s armed forces. 

The location of the complex was apparently chosen given its easy access to the port of Progreso. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine 

The site of the new complex sits in the same spot that was supposed to be home to Mérida’s Estadio Sustentable.  

Mérida’s Estadio Sustententable stadium was expected to have a hotel, museum, and shopping center, but now it seems the plan has been scrapped altogether. Photo: Courtesy

Considerable advancements in the construction of the rail network, as well as stations, have also been achieved.

For example, the entirety of the rail network appears to have been set for sections 2 and 3, which extends from Calkíni in Campeche to Izamal, Yucatán. 

But despite the faster-than-expected progress, it’s hard to imagine that the entirety of the project could be completed by the end of President López Obrador’s six-year term.

Signs warning drivers and passersby to be aware of incoming trains have been installed at several points. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

On the other hand, as the president’s party (MORENA) is widely expected to win in 2024, the project will be finished nonetheless.

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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