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The Maya Train is an ambitious infrastructure project intended to strengthen tourism and economic development in the impoverished Yucatán Peninsula, yet construction of the train has raised significant environmental concerns. The Mexican government has ignored these concerns and rushed construction, as President López Obrador hopes to finish the project before the end of his term. In this video, the Mexico Institute highlights the potential economic benefits and environmental impacts of the Maya Train.

This video was produced by Katie Cooper.

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Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more