The completion of the Suburban Train branch to the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) has encountered an obstacle, causing a delay in starting tests and opening in the third quarter of 2024. This is the final stretch of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration, who has vowed not to leave any work unfinished.
Max Noria, director of Marketing for Suburban Railways, stated that right-of-way acquisition has been the main issue and as of September, the authority reported that they were 80 percent clear of the road. The exact number of sections remaining to be released in the 15 kilometers where Suburban Railways operates is unknown, but it is expected that the project will be ready for testing sometime in the last quarter of this year.
This new deadline implies an extension of the previously mentioned June 2023 date for the train to be operational. The construction of this branch from Lechería station to AIFA covers 23 kilometers, with eight located in Santa Lucía airbase polygon and 15 in Tultitlán and Tultepec municipalities. In Tultitlán and Tultepec municipalities, Suburban Railways is carrying out civil engineering work on equipping this branch line with catenary, electrical substation, and signaling systems while other infrastructure such as trains are being acquired by Secretariat of Infrastructure Communications and Transportation.
As of September, this project was only 46 percent complete with workers working day and night on it using over 77 machines and more than 2 thousand workers to fulfill President López Obrador’s promise not to leave any works unfinished.