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Government Wants To Raise Marchamo And Road Tolls To Finace The Commuter Train Service

Government Wants To Raise Marchamo And Road Tolls To Finace The Commuter Train Service

Q COSTA RICA – Getting the train moving is no easy task, financially. For many, the commuter train is the only hope to not get stuck in traffic, for authorities to reduce the nightmare traffic congestion of the Greater Metropolitan area (GAM). But it costs. And the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) – the state […]

Four Countries Show Interest In Investing In A Passenger Electric Train in Costa Rica

Four Countries Show Interest In Investing In A Passenger Electric Train in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – State entities from Spain, China, Switzerland and Italy are said to be interested in investing in an electric passenger train in Costa Rica. The electric train would operate the routes currently covered by Costa Rica;s railway, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer). The information was confirmed by Christian Vargas, the Incofer’s […]

The Closure Of The ‘Platina’ Commences Today

The Closure Of The ‘Platina’ Commences Today

Q COSTA RICA NEWS / Today is Saturday. The Saturday that the “platina” bridge mostly shuts down until the first week in March, giving crews the space and freedom to complete the ‘construction of the new six lane bridge’ over the Virilla river on the autopista General Cañas. What does this mean to you and […]

Urban Train Left Without Conductor With The Resignation Of Guillermo Santana

Urban Train Left Without Conductor With The Resignation Of Guillermo Santana

(QCostarica) As of this morning, the urban train of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) has no conductor, following the resignation of Guillermo Santana over the weekend. Santana cited personal reasons for stepping down as president of the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer). Santana has been at the conductors controls of the Incofer since Solis took […]

Costa Rica Railway to Buy Trains for US$30 million

Costa Rica Railway to Buy Trains for US$30 million

QCR – Although the funds are not yet available, nor is there legislative authority to borrow, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) – the Costa Rica’s railway – has announced that it intends to purcahse 8 trains. The purchase would be made with in Europe or North America, says the Incofer, to increase operational capacity […]

The Goverment Puts On A Big Show, But Train To Alajuela Won’t Be Running Anytime Soon

The Goverment Puts On A Big Show, But Train To Alajuela Won’t Be Running Anytime Soon

QCOSTARICA – Despite the “big show” on Monday by President Luis Guillermo Solis, members of his cabinet, legislators of the different parties and the mayor of Alajuela, Roberto Thompson, train service to Alajuela is not going to happen as was planned for in the coming months. And despite the announcement by the Instituto Costarricense de […]

After Nearly 10 Years of Operation, Commuter Train Does Not Solve San Jose Traffic Congestion

After Nearly 10 Years of Operation, Commuter Train Does Not Solve San Jose Traffic Congestion

(QCOSTARICA) Every day traffic congestion in and around San Jose gets worse, robbing people of minutes and hours of their lives and burning expensive gasoline while sitting in their cars in traffic. Even worse on any major route where there is a bridge. In October 2005, almost ten years ago, the commuter train starting rolling […]

The Commuter Train Surprises Alajuelenses

The Commuter Train Surprises Alajuelenses

(QCOSTARICA) On Wednesday many Alajuelenses (residents of Alajuela) were surprised to hear the blowing whistle of the commuter train that will soon be part of their daily lives. The railway  – Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) – yesterday conducted a test from downtown Heredia to Rio Segundo de Alajuela (east of the San Jose international […]

Urban Train Service To Alajuela Centre Has To Wait, Says INCOFER Chief

Urban Train Service To Alajuela Centre Has To Wait, Says INCOFER Chief

QCOSTARICA – The urban train service to Alajuela Centre (Centro in Spanish) is currently derailed due to lack of funds by the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (NCOFER) – the Costa Rican railway. The Institution depends on the approval of a bill that is currently in the Legislature – Ley 18.252, fourth in line on the […]