COSTA RICA NEWS – Speaking on the delayed Alajuela train service, the former president of the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (INCOFER), Miguel Carabaguíaz, said on ADN 90.7FM that before his departure from public office the institution had budgeted ¢4.5 billion colones to enable train service to Alajuela.

Miguel Carabaguiaz, described in 2012 by La Nacion as "opinionated and stubborn, the man who revived the train". | Photo: La Nacion
Miguel Carabaguiaz, described in 2012 by La Nacion as “opinionated and stubborn, the man who revived the train”. | Photo: La Nacion

“For the train to Alajuela we  left ₡4.5 billion in the coffers. When I arrived at INCOFER it did not have one colon, not even enough to pay the payroll … we started to work had from day one,” said the former official.

Carabaguíaz urged the current president of the institution, Guillermo Santana, to work for the institution and stop complaining.

Santana assumed the presidency of the INCOFER in May with the incoming government of Luis Guillermo Solís.

“The CEO only thing he has done is provide refercens to negative situations…” said Carabaguíaz.

Carabaguíaz was the engine that could, in 2005 being the driving force in reviving Costa Rica’s train service, putting the urban train to work between Pavas and the Universidad Latina, and over the years expanding service to Heredia centro, Belén de Heredia and Cartago and plans for Alajuela before the end of this year.

In April of this year, Carabaguíaz (and several others) was banned by the Contraloría General de la República (CGR) – Comptroller General’s office – from holding public office for six years, allegedly for the transfer of government property to public domain. The day following the CGR ban, the Juzgado Contencioso Administrativo suspended the sanction against Carabaguíaz.

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