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Governor confirms Zapopan-Tlaquepaque rail line

September 18, 2013

Governor Aristoteles Sandoval confirmed this week that the third line of Guadalajara’s Tren Ligero (light-rail network) will run diagonally across the city from Zapopan to Tlaquepaque.

“This is for the convenience of families, so that they do not have to suffer or lose so much time in transport,” Sandoval said. He also promised to provide “better public transport” – possibly in the form of another Macrobus line – on the highway leading to Tlajomulco, which had launched a failed rival bid for the third light-rail line.

Although prominent federal and local officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guadalajara Mayor Ramiro Hernandez, had previously suggested that the Zapopan-Tlaquepaque line would be the chosen project, the Jalisco government had not confirmed the news until now.

On Wednesday, Luis Videgaray, the federal finance minister, revealed that 18 billion pesos have been set aside for rail projects, including Guadalajara’s third Tren Ligero line, in the budget for 2014. The final plans for the line are “95 percent complete,” Videgaray said, but the government has yet to confirm the exact details.

The Transport Department (SCT) has released preliminary plans showing the line running from Avenida Juan Gil Preciado near the Periferico beltway in northwest Zapopan down to the Nueva Central bus station in Tlaquepaque. However, Zapopan Mayor Hector Robles claimed on Twitter on Thursday that “the new Tren Ligero line will run from the Valley of Tesistan (outside the metro area) to the Nueva Central bus station in Tlaquepaque.”

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