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Maya Train Passengers Stranded For Hours After Most Recent Train Failure 

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Travelers have been excited about the Maya Train since the project was first announced, and that excitement builds with the opening of each new section.   

Unfortunately, the project has been plagued with delays and technical difficulties since its inception.   

Just days ago, Maya Train passengers were stranded for hours after the most recent train failure, and there have been other issues too.   

Maya Train station and Track Under Construction

Stranded In Valladolid – The Most Recent Maya Train Failure 

According to reports, technical difficulties left passengers on the Maya Train Cancun to Palenque route stranded in the town of Valladolid.   

Initial reports were that it was a brake failure issue, but later, authorities attributed the failure to a train power loss.   

Whatever the issue was, passengers reportedly had to wait over six hours to be provided with other transportation.   

Valladolid as the sun sets beneath the clouds

Other Stranded Passengers 

Sadly, the stranded passengers in Valladolid are not the only ones stranded due to Maya Train failures.   

In fact, it was the same route that experienced problems before, on January 20th of this year.   

Technical failures left Maya Train passengers stranded for over four hours at that time.   

In both instances, passengers were refunded for their tickets.   

Tourists in Valladolid

Maya Train Project To Date 

The first Maya Train route, from Cancun to Campeche, was inaugurated on December 15th.   

The Cancun to Palenque route was the next major route to be inaugurated on December 31st.   

Then came the most recent inauguration, the Cancun to Playa del Carmen route, which took place on February 29th. 

the new maya train tracks in the Mexican caribbean

Multiple Shutdowns Along The Way 

In addition to issues with passengers being stranded due to technical difficulties surrounding the Maya Train, there have been several shutdowns as well.   

The day following the inauguration of the first section there were delays of as much as four hours reported.   

Then, just before the Cancun to Palenque route was inaugurated, the route between Cancun and Campeche had to be temporarily shut down.   

Colorful Sign in Palenque, Mexico

It’s Not All Bad News 

While there have been technical issues and delays with the Maya Train, it’s not all bad news.   

Thousands of satisfied passengers have already traveled along the routes that are in operation.   

The most popular route to date is the Cancun to Merida route, but the Cancun to Playa del Carmen route that is now operational is sure to be one of the most traveled Maya Train routes of all.   

Aerial view of beach in Playa del Carmen, with beautiful turquoise waters, beach, and resorts

The Maya Train’s Future Inaugurations  

As with any massive undertaking like the Maya Train project, issues will undoubtedly have to be worked out, and although future inauguration dates could change, the project keeps chugging along.   

The next route to be inaugurated is the Cancun to Tulum section, which was initially already supposed to be opened.   

Current estimates for this route are around August now, and the remaining two sections are to follow.   

Aerial View of Tulum, Mexico

How The Maya Train Is Changing Travel In The Mexican Caribbean  

It won’t be long before the issues plaguing the Maya Train are a thing of the past, and when it is fully operational, it will revolutionize travel in the Mexican Caribbean.   

Getting up and down the coast and to the many charming towns within the Yucatan Peninsula will be faster, safer, more comfortable, and more affordable than ever.   

Travelers from all over the world can fly into Cancun Airport and hop aboard the Maya Train to reach amazing destinations, which is just one more reason to visit Cancun. 

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