Posted by: Idioma Extra | August 8, 2011

Tuesday´s News

Costa Rica’s Rail System Continues To Move Full Steam Ahead


Following the inauguration of the commuter train service between San José and Heredia two years ago, today this service exceeds expectations that the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (INCOFER) set out and is moving full speed ahead with its plans to bring train service to more communities.

It all started more than five years ago when the tracks between San Pedro and Pavas were put back into service, taking commuters daily from the east side to the west side and back.

After several stalled years, the Heredia train began on August 10, 2009 and since makes daily trips during rush hours on weekdays, on average every 30 minutes carrying more than 100.000 people a month.

Although it was no surprise to the INCOFER, Costa Ricans have embraced this form of commuting, seeing the train as a fast, reliable, comfortable and affordable means of transport.

And for that the INCOFER expects to see within a few years the train gathering even wider acceptance.

If plans are not derailed the INCOFER expects to inaugurate train service to Cartago by the end of next year. The cost of restoring the service is estimated at US$6 million dollars which is being spent on cleaning and repair of the existing track, with the coordination of the municipalities of Curridabat, La Union and Cartago.

The reason for the choice of first Cartago ahead of Alajuela is to keep a promise made by President Laura Chinchilla in April of this year when the San José – Belen service was inaugurated.

Today, commuters from places like downtown Heredia, Belén, Pavas, Curridabat can commute to San José and points in between.

The INCOFER says that it was natural to bring the locomotive to the city of Cartago.

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