Mexico City — The world’s second largest railroad, the Neveña Southern Railway, was just awarded a $10 million contract to build a new line that will cut a ribbon on a once-proud region.
The Neveina Southern, or Southern Railway Project, will connect southern Mexico City to the rest of the state of Chihuahua, said Carlos Ruiz, the governor of Chichihuahuan, in a statement.
The line will also cut through the southern U.S. state of Arizona, a state where Amtrak’s Arizona City service is also slated to begin in 2024.
“This project will improve the quality of life for millions of people who rely on the Neuveina Southern Railway as they travel from one part of Mexico to another,” Ruiz said.
The rail line, which is due to open in 2019, will stretch from northern Mexico to northern Arizona.
The company that will manage it, Cenas de Trabajadores, said the line will have a capacity of 1.8 million passengers a day.
It will be built with Mexico’s national rail system and is expected to be completed by 2026.
The project was awarded by the National Transportation Agency, the government agency that manages Mexico’s rail system.
“The Neuveinas project is a bold and ambitious project that will help us all to make our lives more pleasant, more efficient and more efficient,” said Carlos Velasquez, Mexico’s minister of commerce and industry.
The construction of the line, however, is not without controversy.
The Mexican government recently said that the rail project may cause environmental damage, while opponents say that the railroad project will damage the economy of the U.N. territory of Tuxtla.
The government’s position on the matter has not yet been made public.
The state of Tuuxla is currently undergoing a long-awaited $9.7 billion infrastructure project.
The U.K.-based Transurban, the world’s largest freight rail company, has been a proponent of the project, with a contract worth $2.5 billion awarded in February.