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International Transport Forum review of freight railways presented to Mexican Senate

MEXICO CITY, Mex.–The performance of the Mexican freight rail industry has shown continuous improvement since the creation of the current industry structure in 1995. This is a key message of ITF’s peer review of the country’s railway freight, commissioned by the Mexican government and presented by ITF at a stakeholder forum on railway reform held by the Mexican Senate in Mexico City on 5-6 March, said an ITF release. 

The peer review notes that quality of management, technical quality of railway infrastructure and rolling-stock, capital and labour productivity, traffic levels and market shares have all improved markedly. The report calls this “a transformation in industry prospects that hardly seemed possible prior to the reforms” of 1995.

To build on this success, the review recommends that regulatory institutions and capacity be strengthened to address pricing and capacity issues associated with trackage rights. More systematic data should be captured to allow the regulator to make determinations on these in an informed and objective way as regards risks, costs and benefits. This also applies to system structure and potential access and tariff regulation.