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Infrastructure

Chinese, U.S. firms eye Mexico as rail reforms loom

Reuters - U.S. and Chinese rail companies have expressed interest in the Mexican rail freight market if a bill that seeks to open up the sector to more companies is approved, the head of the lower house of Congress' transport commission said on Tuesday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/26/mexico-reforms-rail-idUSL1N0LV...

ICA to sell 70% stake in its prison business

Reuters - Mexican construction company ICA said it had reached a deal to sell a majority stake in its prison business to a subsidiary of privately held Hunt Companies for 1.5 billion pesos ($113 million). ICA will sell 70 percent of two 22-year prison service contracts but retain the other 30 percent.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/23/ica-prison-stake-idUSL2N0KX06X20140123

Pemex and Guatemala to build $1.2 billion pipeline

Reuters - Mexican state oil company Pemex and Guatemala will build a $1.2 billion, 600-kilometer (370-mile) gas pipeline linking the two countries and giving local manufacturers access to cheaper energy, a Guatemalan presidential spokesman said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/18/mexico-pemex-guatemala-idUSL2N0KS0K220140118

High-speed rail proposed between Texas, Monterrey

PBS - Texas, U.S. and Mexican officials met last week to discuss a possible high-speed passenger rail line between San Antonio, Texas and Monterrey, Mexico. The project could begin in 2015, with a projected completion as early as 2018.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2014/01/high-speed-rail-proposed-between-us-and-mexico.html

Four cities along U.S. border get environmental grants

The Weekly Standard - The EPA awarded $461,368 in grants this week for various environmental projects along the U.S.-Mexico border.  The funds went to projects in Calexico, CA, Phoenix, AZ, and Nogales and Ensenada in Mexico. 

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/epa-grants-230k-two-cities-mexico-environmental-projects_774683.html

Mexico starts construction on "bridge to nowhere"

KPBS Fronteras - The so-called 'bridge to nowhere' is finally going somewhere. After a two-year delay, Mexico has begun construction on its half of a new border crossing outside El Paso. When complete, it will be one of the largest ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/jan/14/mexico-begins-construction-new-international-bridg/

Pena Nieto open to Mexico City airport expansion

Bloomberg - President Enrique Pena Nieto might expand the congested Mexico City airport, the busiest in Latin America, on government-owned land east of the capital. Construction could begin as soon as 2014 and amount to about $5 billion.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-11/mexico-open-to-airport-expansion-as-5-billion-cost-seen.html

U.S., Mexico hail start of work on new border crossing

KPBS - U.S. and Mexico officials joined together to wave orange flags and signal construction crews to begin work on a $700 million border infrastructure project. The goal of the new freeway, and eventually a new port of entry, is to cut border wait times and boost trade. 

Eagle Ford pipeline project moves forward

My SA -  A new pipeline project to move Eagle Ford Shale natural gas into Mexico's growing energy market has received its presidential permit. Houston-based NET Mexico Pipeline Partners got the OK from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 8.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/eagle-ford-energy/article/Eagle-Ford-pipeline-moves-forward-for-delivery-to-4986345.php

Cross the border to Tijuana, then fly

Wall Street Journal - San Diego has spent decades looking for ways to expand its cramped, one-runway airport. Today the region is edging closer to a solution, but it comes with a catch: It's in Mexico.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303559504579196370226844190

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