Latin America

Courts put the brakes on Mexico’s controversial Mayan Train

A pet project of Mexico's president, the Mayan Train seeks to link the entire Yucatán Peninsula by rail — but environmental concerns led the courts to put construction on hold

Mayan Train Poster reading "YES to the relocation of the railway line, NO to the destruction of our homes" hangs on the window of a Campeche home — which is on the path of the Mayan Train. Photo: Benedicte Desrus/Alamy
Poster reading “YES to the relocation of the railway line, NO to the destruction of our homes” hangs on the window of a Campeche home — which is on the path of the Mayan Train. Photo: Benedicte Desrus/Alamy

During the 2018 presidential election campaign, Mexico’s Andrés Manuel “AMLO” López Obrador promised to carry out what he called the “Fourth Transformation” — a continuation of the country’s first three ‘transformations’: independence from Spain, the Reform War, and the Mexican Revolution.

Consisting of eradicating political privileges, improving efficiency in combating violence, and reshaping the country’s infrastructure, the Fourth Transformation was a bold platform that helped AMLO win the election. Four years on, however, little of the program’s goals have been achieved — and just this week the president saw one of its landmark projects buried, at least for...

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