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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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