MIT Times – More than 20 million people live in metropolitan Mexico City, and most spend upwards of three hours a day riding to and from work, stuck in traffic jams. The region has one of the world’s largest urban rail (metro) systems in the world, but most passenger traffic is concentrated on a few lines that serve the city center. Stations farther out are difficult to reach on foot and offer few amenities for commuters or residents.
AP – Interjet says it’s had to cancel some flights due to a mandatory safety inspection of its Russian-made Superjet 100 aircraft. Russian authorities issued the directive on Dec. 23 after cracks were found in a part on one of the Sukhoi planes. Interjet is among the largest customers for the relatively new Superjet, with more than 20 in its fleet.
Architect’s Newspaper – Mexico City is the largest city in North America and has been around since the 14th century when the Aztecs settled the area. Many layers of history, culture, and development—both private and public—can be seen in its rich architecture and urbanism. However, along with the complex history comes a complex city. The organizers of CoRe Foro Urbano CDMX 2016 cited this complexity and a perceived lack of leadership among the different stakeholders as the impetus for getting together and addressing the multi-faceted challenges of the city.
Reuters – An air transport deal between Mexico and the United States that aims to boost competition in the passenger and freight sectors came into force on Sunday. The deal would open new passenger routes for airlines to fly between the countries and allow for an unlimited number of flights. It also opens up the air freight market to more competition.
Hellenic Shipping News -Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime and logistics service provider, has expanded its operations in Mexico with the opening of a new office in Veracruz.
Sentido Comun – Uber has begun cutting rates in Mexico by 14 to 22 percent. Reduced rates apply in Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Tijuana and Mexico City, the company said.
Gulf News – Residents of Mexico City have not needed to pass a driver’s exam since 2003, but that is about to change as the city government, fed up with the rampant traffic accidents, is cracking down on bad driving.
JOC – SeaLand plans next month to add a weekly Philadelphia-Mexico route that the Maersk Group regional carrier is touting as an alternative to cross-border land transportation for perishables.
Truck News – In Mexico, a new breed of trucking company is emerging. These fleets are highly sophisticated, safety-conscious, environmentally aware and driver-oriented. But they’re also in the minority, making it difficult to compete in what is still a largely unregulated industry – where hours-of-service regulations go widely ignored and unenforced.
Tass – Mexico has acquired 30 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft from Russia, Ruben Beltran, the Mexican ambassador to Russia, said without disclosing any details of the purchase.
ATW – The US government has approved the liberalized US-Mexico air services agreement, but the Mexican Senate must ratify it before it can go into effect, a top US Department of Transportation official has said.
Quartz – Mexico City officials have an elevated idea about how to deal with the city’s hellish traffic: Hover over it. The city’s science, technology and innovation department unveiled a prototype of an aerial transportation system that would float over the sea of cars, potholes and street protests that regularly disrupt life in the enormous metropolis.
24 Horas – The Bilateral Air Transport Agreement between Mexico and the United States has not yet been signed , but it caused turmoil in the domestic aviation sector amid speculation about the extent of the looming opening and the limited capacity of Mexico’s domestic industry against the US.
The Guardian – Protesters attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside Mexico City airport on Tuesday. Uber says between 10 to 12 cars were damaged, but there were no reports of serious injuries.
Sentido Comun – The Federal Consumer Protection Agency (Profeco) received more than 3,600 complaints from customers of transportation companies and recovered more than 3.8 million pesos ($233,000) after detecting irregularities at bus stations and the Mexico City airport.
Travel Pulse – Greyhound has expanded its reach to include service in Mexico. There now are 23 departures per day, connecting major cities like Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas.
JOC – DHL Global Forwarding has launched Trans Border Connect, a service that helps shippers move less-than-truckload freight over the U.S.-Mexico border.
Reuters – Mexico City’s government on Wednesday published new rules for ride hailing services like Uber, including a 1.5 per cent ride levy and a minimum vehicle value, the first regulation on the sector in Latin America.
EFE – Officials have signed the agreement granting the right to create a Cholula-Puebla tourist train. The agreement gives the railway the right to provide service for 30 years, using 80-passenger diesel-electric engines that will pull the train at an average speed of 35 kph (about 22 mph).
Reuters – Uber’s drivers will need permits to work in Mexico City and the company will have to pay into a transport fund, according to a draft government plan, in what would be the first such regulation for the ride-hailing app in Latin America.