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“Recurso” (Appeal) Filed Against The RTV Roadside Inspections

Not totally unexpected, a citizen filed a 'recurso de amparo' (appeal) against the RTV and the Ministry of Transportation for the mobile inspection units that went into service last week, that perform, at the request of a traffic officer (Transito), a roadside vehicle inspection. The...

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Rico's TICO BULL - On the social media, the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT), the folks who daily try to solve our traffic problems, but alas have their hands tied by drivers in Costa Rica who neither respect the rules of the...

Vehicular Restrictions of San Jose Suspended For The Holidays

The Ministry of Transport (MOPT) announced that there will be NO vehicular restrictions of San Jose for the holiday period. The vehicular restriction of San Jose in effect from 6 am to 7 pm on weekdays, excluding holidays, will be suspended on December 24, 26,...

Agreement to expand the Ruta 27 would be ready next year

2019 will be the year full of "road work" according to the Minister of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez, who on Wednesday confirmed the beginning of the negotiation process for the expansion of the autopista José María Castro Madriz, better known as...

Taxi Drivers Want To Be Able To Operate With Older Cars

Taxi drivers have asked Rodolfo Méndez, the Minister of Transportation (MOPT), to increase the antiquity of their vehicles, from the current 15 years to 20. If the request is approved, official taxis (red taxis) in the country could operate with vehicles as old as 1998...

All Traveling In A Vehicle Must Identify Themselves If Asked By Police, Court Confirms

As reported Tuesday (October 9) afternoon by the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), the Constitutional Court or Sala IV confirmed that all persons who in vehicles must identify themselves if asked by police. The Sala IV resolution 2018-016698 delivered on Friday, October 5,...

MOPT Says It Will Present Proposal For The Juan Pablo II Bridge. Will History Be Repeated?

Rico's TICO Bull - The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) on Thursday made "an emergency intervention" on the Juan Pablo II bridge in La Uruca, after one of the expansion joints broke off, due to the normal deterioration (and lack of maintenance)...

One Fixed, One To Go. A “Platina” Once Again Plays Havoc On The Country’s Main Road.

Costa Rica has a new "platina" bridge, not far from the original platina (bridge over the Virilla river, the Pablo II bridge in La Uruca, on the Autopista General Cañas, the most transited road in the country. The detachment of an expansion joint (platina) in...

Uber is illegal Says Government, but It will not shut it down

After 45 days the government said it needed to pronounce on the Uber issue, it has reiterated the position that Uber and other similar transport are illegal, but it will not disconnect the platform, recognizing the challenge imposed by technological advances to the Government. For...

Quality of Materials Delay Asphalt Of Road To Monteverde

The road construction to Monteverde, between Guacimal and Santa Elena, has suffered another setback, the asphalting will no longer be ready in September as promised by the previous administration. The fear of the residents is that they will not have the road by Christmas as...

MOPT Expects To Have Exclusive Bus Lanes In The Metropolitan Area By 2021

Exclusive lanes for buses and other infrastructure works, in order to expedite transportation in at least 10 sectors of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) are part of the goals set by the current administration, in the so-called 'sectorization process'. This was stated by the Deputy...

Weather Conditions Keep Ruta 32 Closed, Could Re-Open This Friday Morning

If you are planning travel to or from San Jose and Limon this Friday (Aug. 3) take note that the re-opening of the Ruta 32 will be decided by officials of the MOPT at 6:00 am. On Thursday afternoon the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y...

Residents Erect impromptu stop sign due to lack of action by authorities

When pleas fall on deaf ears, you take action. That is what the residents of Montes de Oca (San Pedro) did, erecting a makeshift stop sign at a very dangerous intersection. Residents say they were forced to take the drastic action in the face of...

Traffic Police Intensifies Actions Against UBER

The Government through the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transportation - intensified the operations against UBER drivers throughout the country. After the pressure measures taken by the taxi drivers the previous week where they completely blocked the...

MOPT Froze For Two Years Expansion Plan For The Road To Caldera

During the last two years, the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) shelved the recommendations that a group of experts made for the expansion plan of the road to Caldera - the Ruata 27 -which would allow the decongestion of this important 77...

Ruta 39: The Nightmare With No End

Rico's TICO BULL -The Ruta 39, better known as the Circunvalación is one of the main traffic arteries of San Jose. It starts at La Uruca, moves south towards Pavas on the west, then through the Hatillos, Alajuelita and Desamparados, the moving north to...

Government Initiates Road Intervention Program To Reduce Congestion In The GAM

The government of Carlos Alvarado began on Thursday to intervene the first of the "28 bottlenecks" that hinder vehicular circulation in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). With the presence of the President and the newly appointed Minister of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez...

Riteve Got More Expensive This Week

After more than a decade without a rate increase, the cost for a vehicle inspection at the Riteve went up this week to ¢13,405 colones, up from ¢12,160, for a vehicle under 3.5 tons. This is the third increase in a year. The first increase...

Controversy Over Expansion Of the San Jose-Limon Road

While the concessionaire, the Chinese company China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC),  in charge of the work announced that it plans to subcontract a Costa Rican construction company for part of the project, the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes  (MOPT) - Ministry of Public...

Costa Rica Say No More Projects with UNOPS

The controversy generated by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) decision to prevent access to files on the road works for which it is responsible has led the government of Costa Rica to refrain from granting new projects in the future. Possibly as...

Costa Rica’s San Ramon Road Project Turns Into Marathon

Costa Rica’s long-running San Ramon road project is costing more than originally expected while taking longer to build than planned. The work on the 29.7 kilometer stretch between San Ramon and San Carlos was planned initially to cost US$185 million dollars, but has so far...

INS Willing To Invest US$500 Million to Build Roads

The Costa Rica state insurer, the Instituto Costarricense de Seguros (INS), says it could be willing to invest up to US$500 million in road construction projects that already have their pre-design and studies ready. The INS said they would only be interested in projects designated...

It Got Worse. The Chilimate-Vuelta Kooper Floods On Friday Also.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Transport (MOPT) inaugurated the Chilamate (Saripiqui) - Vuelta Kooper (San Carlos) road. On Thursday it flooded. But the flooding is not more than 15 minutes, said the MOPT. On Friday, it flooded again. Worse than Thursday and a lot longer...

MOPT Analyzing If They Can “Take” Buses From Companies That Announced A Stop In Service

Q COSTA RICA - Two bus operators are calling it quits, throwing in the towel, announcing they will stop providing service to La Carpio, Barrio México, La Uruca and Barrio Escalante on July 17. The reason? Low fares and the inability or unwillingness of transport...

Platina II: The Sequel

Change location. Change the actors. The Platina II is the sequel to the story of the plate (platina) of the Virilla river bridge that was the headache of drivers for almost nine years. The sequel is the story of the overpass bridge of the Paso...

Monday, Could It Be The Day Of The ‘Platina’???

Monday (May 22) could be the day when the Alfredo González Flores, best known as the 'Platina' bridge will be finished, ending the nightmare that plagues almost 100,000 drivers daily that use the autopista General Cañas. Monday or some other day next week is the...

Riteve Inspection Rate Hike Approved

Q COSTA RICA - After 11 years without a rate adjustment, the cost of a the vehicular inspection will go up ¢990 colones this month for all light passenger vehicles  (under 3.5 tons), going from today's ¢9,930 to ¢10,920. This will be the first of...

Investors Slam Costa Rica’s Claims In $95M Real Estate Row

Q COSTA RICA (by NatalieOlivo, Law360) U.S. investors who claim Costa Rica owes them more than us$95 million for shutting down their beachfront villa project have reiterated before a World Bank tribunal their contention that the Central American nation has failed to back up...

“Platina” Closed This Weekend

Q COSTA RICA - Take note that the "platina" bridge will be closed from 3:00pm Saturday to 5:00am Monday, to repair a sinking in the access to the bridge, which according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) was foreseen. The sinking is...

Radial de Lindora Road Expansion Gets Green Light

Q COSTA RICA - The Radial de Lindora (ruta 147), the road between the Ruta 27 and the Virilla river, by far one of the worst in terms of traffic congestion may soon pass from a two lane road to five. The two lane road...

The End To San Jose’s Traffic Nightmare Is Near

Q COSTA RICA - For sure traffic congestion around the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) will get a break with the opening of  the new San Jose bound lanes of the 'platina' bridge. The Ministro de Obras Públicas y Transporte (MOPT), Carlos Villalta, announced Wednesday morning,...

The ‘Platina’ In The Final Stretch

Q COSTA RICA - The headache called "la platina" that began in April 2009 and turned to a complete nightmare a few months ago, leaving drivers to endure temporary closures, regulated passage and endless congestion on the autopista General Cañas, and the alternate roads,...

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