Mexico reveals fresh bid terms for high-speed train

Updated: 2015-01-15 09:32


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Mexico reveals fresh bid terms for high-speed train

A suburban train passes by a house in the Tlalnepantla de Baz borough of Mexico City in this November 7, 2014 file photo. [Photo/Agencies]

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico relaunched bidding for its first high-speed railway here Wednesday, with preliminary terms published on the Ministry of Communications and Transport ( SCT)'s website.

New bidding for the high-speed rail project linking Mexico City with the industrial hub Queretaro will be opening for 180 days, according to SCT.

Bidders need to submit tenders by July 14 and the winner will be finally announced on July 31, according to the terms.

The Mexican high-speed rail project extends 210 km, designed with a maximum speed of 300 km per hour. Upon completion, the rail will be able to transport 27,000 passengers per day, the document said.

This document does not reveal the exact value of this contract, which was worth $3.7 billion in previous aborted bidding last year.

But the new terms are similar to the previous ones, requiring the winner to be responsible for the designing and construction of the railway system, providing the high-speed trains, as well as the operation and maintenance in the first five years.

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