Road & Rail

According to The Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2016 Mexico ranks 52nd out of 144 countries in terms of road infrastructure quality and 64th in railroad infrastructure quality. The National Infrastructure Program (NIP) 2014-2018 states that Mexico’s 377,600km road and highway network is the primary means of transportation for 55% of the total cargo (or 490 million tons) and 98% (3.3. billion) of the people mobilized in Mexico on a yearly basis. In addition, the country owns 26,722km of railroads, of which 17,800km are operated under concessions by 8 private operators. Despite this apparently extensive infrastructure, one of the major focuses of the NIP is to solve the transportation network’s saturation, especially at port access points, international crossings, and city entry points.

Over US$100 million is expected to be invested in communications and transport infrastructure. The aim is to connect strategically positioned regions, improve technical specifications of highways and railroad transits in proximity to urban areas, and create 46 new highways, among others.

This chapter presents an overview of the current road and railway infrastructural landscape in Mexico and features interviews with public and private highway and railroad operators, including urban railroad operators. It includes articles on the main road and railroad construction contractors and technology suppliers, and focuses on the main business opportunities in land transport infrastructure in Mexico.

HIGHLIGHTS OF CHAPTER 7

  • Promotion of a multimodal transport infrastructure
  • Construction of the Mexico-Toluca intercity railway
  • Major projects which enable better connectivity between cities
  • Future strategic projects with neighboring countries