Last week a judge in Yucatán issued a ruling which halted any new construction of the Tren Maya project.
The ruling only barrs construction requiring further deforestation in the municipalities of Mérida, Chocholá and Izamal. Elsewhere, such as across state lines in Quintana Roo, large crews and heavy machinery continue to work without hindrance.
The decision came after a legal challenge was brought to the courts by indigenous groups.
Legal complaints allege the project would cause unacceptable levels of environmental damage.
Mexico’s tourism authority has said that the suspension of the Tren Maya is bound to hurt the economy.
Federal authorities report that the Tren Maya rail project has already created 36,859 construction jobs.
According to a poll conducted by Mexico’s fund for tourism development, over 80% of those surveyed say they approve of the Tren Maya passing through Mérida.