Travelling by train to the ““Ciudad de los mangos” (City of Mangos) – the city of Alajuela – could be a reality before the end of the year.
The INCOFER, Costa Rica’s railway, says it is working at rebuilding the section of track between Alajuela and San Joaquín de Flores, in Heredia. Once that is complete, the construction of the rest of the line will commence.
The cost of the project is US$6 million dollars. Required also is budget approval for the purchase of at least six new train cars.
The fare to to travel by train, between Heredia and Alajuela is expected to be ¢550 colones.
Once the Alajuela project is complete, the urban train that runs only mornings and afternoons on weekdays, will carry passengers through Alajuela, Heredia, San José and Cartago.
The INCOFER is also working towards modernizing the current one rail train system to two rails and introduce an electric train with a capacity of carrying up to 200.000 passengers daily.