Improving Infrastructure in Mexico
Mexico’s infrastructure is good and constantly improving. Incumbent president Enrique Peña Nieto has made national infrastructure improvement a focus for his term. In April 2014 he announced a major four-year plan to invest US$590 billion on national infrastructure across energy, land development, transport, communication, health, and tourism industries.
Communications in Mexico are excellent. Broadband Internet is available throughout the country and offers excellent connectivity. Most visitors notice no difference from the American to Mexican internet quality. Mexico very likely offers the best internet connection south of the border. Already impressively good and far-reaching, the telecommunications systems will be enhanced soon by a new fiber optic cable, giving Internet access to about 70% of the population (up from 42% in 2012).
Mexico hosts Latin America’s largest jet fleet and nearly 2,000 airports (the third highest number per nation in the world). Air transport here is excellent, abundantly available, and usually very cheap.
Mexico’s rail system is good, but in need of some renovation. Initiatives have been made to modernize, connect, and bridge various lines around the country. A part of the four-year plan includes upgrading to high-speed rail systems to and from Mexico City. Likewise, the trans-peninsular train that runs across the Yucatán from Cancun to Merida will be completely upgraded.
Driving in Mexico is not as dangerous as you may have been led to believe, but it can be more challenging. There are plenty of well-maintained four-lane toll roads that (for a price) can make you feel as comfortable as if you were back home. The two-lane roads vary in width and conditions—some of them are in great shape and others are full of potholes. Traffic is a problem in major cities and suburbs.
One thing new drivers should be aware of is the livestock factor in Mexico. Livestock isn’t fenced in nearly as much as it is in the States. In fact, many farmers neglect to put fencing of any sort around the fields, even near highways. With no fencing the livestock is free to move about the roadways and because of this, nearly 40% of all Mexican accidents involve livestock in some way.