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Atypical Day In San Jose: No Traffic Congestion (Photos)

The coincidence Christmas Ever on a Monday resulted into an atypical day for the greater metropolitan area of San Jose traffic: aside from a few hotspots here and there, there was no traffic congestion this Monday. In recon of some of the roads such as...

Top 10 Bottlenecks Of The Greater San Jose Area

Can't deny that traffic congestion gets worse, almost by the day, in the Greater San Jose Area - the Gran Área Metropolitana (GAM). Trips of a few blocks can take up to 30 minutes or more. From Heredia to La Uruca/La Sabana can be more...

Drivers In Heredia Stuck In Traffic Threatened by Supposed Do-Gooders

In Heredia, several people have taken to directing traffic due to daily massive congestion. And help themselves out in the process, threatening drivers to give them money. Local police have identified them from the cameras in the vicinity of the Paseo de la Flores mall,...

New Transito Chief Determined To Reduce Congestion, Tough On Bad Drivers

A group of 40 Transitos (traffic officials) has been assigned to maintain operations in 10 key points of the San Jose with the purpose of unclogging roads of badly parked cars and infractions of the vehicular restrictions. German Marin, the returning new head of the...

Yet Another Early Morning Crash Causes Traffic Chaos In The GAM

For the second this week, on consecutive days, traffic in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) also called the Central Valley, got complicated due to early morning traffic accidents. Thursday morning, near the Cariari, the driver of a passenger vehicle lost control, slamming into the concrete...

Road Changes at Juan Santamaria (San Jose) Airport – Photos

An aerial view of the changes to the 'airport intersection' posted on Facebook by Fotos Aereas Costa Rica. The aim is to reduce the daily, all day long, traffic congestion east of the international airport. Every year traffic in this area of the General...

Bogota ranks among world’s most traffic congested cities, says study

In a world deconstructed by mega data, Colombia, once again, makes a list and one we can all relate to – traffic. The 2017 Inrix Global Traffic Scorecard has calculated urban travel across five continents, and included Bogotá among 100  cities in terms of ...

Work On The Circunvalacion Cause of The Horrifying Traffic Congestion In San Jose

After more than a week of horrifying traffic congestion in the area of La Uruca due to the repaving of the #Circunvalación (Ruta 39) between La Uruca and Los Anonos, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi) decided that work will now only be at...

Construction of The North Arc of Circunvalacion Started This Morning

It was 7:00 am this Monday morning when President Luis Guillermo Solis officially gave the order for the start of the construction of the 4.3 kilometers 'north' portion of the Ruta 39 or  Circunvalación. The road will complete the ring road around San Jose, connecting...

FIA Preparations Worsen Downtown San Jose Traffic Congestion

Q COSTA RICA - If you are thinking of heading into downtown San Jose today, or for the rest of the week for that matter, think it twice, congestion of the city core is at maximum with the temporary closure of the Avenida Segunda...

Entrepreneurs Offer To Pay Fix To Ruta 27

A group of businessmen have offered the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) to pay for the construction of an underpass near Hospital Cima, in Escazú. The work, estimated at US$4 million, would allow flow of access through an underpass at the east end...

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...

“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...

Costa Rica Vehicle Fleet in Numbers

Q COSTA RICA - Want to know why there is some much traffic congestion in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) of San Jose? The real reason? One half of the answer is the sheer number of vehicles on the roads. Figures from the Figures from the...

It’s Open, The South Half of the ‘Platina’!

Q COSTA RICA - As promised last week, the three lanes of the south half of the 'platina' bridge - officially known as the "Alfredo González Flores" - opened to traffic this morning. With television news cameras grabbing the action, President Luis Guillermo Solis...

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 Alternative Fact” Of The ‘Platina’

This is what the bridge will look like, if it ever gets finished.TICO BULL by Rico – It’s been a while since I have posted anything here, February 8 to be exact. You see I have been busy, busy sitting in traffic all caused...

‘Platina’ Bridge Will Be Ready April 30, Minister of Transport Promises

Q COSTA RICA - Blaming Hurricane Otto as the main reason for the delays, the Minister of Transport, Carlos Villalta, promised the "platina' bridge will be complete by April 30. The original delivery date was February 28, 2017, later postponed to March 15. The minister, during...

The Pophecy Has Been Fulfilled!

EDITORIAL - In his opinion column for Crhoy.com, Edgar Espinoza, writes about nightmare that has gripped us all who live and work or visit the capital city, blaming the massive number of vehicles, government negligence and national neglect as the cause for the traffic...

Pavas To Alajula In 5 Minutes. Literally.

Q COSTA RICA / If you are willing to pay US$49.90 (about ¢28,000  colones) to avoid all the traffic mess, going from Pavas (San Jose) to Alajuela, ALAS Aerotur will take you by air in only 5 minutes. The 'air taxi' service is from the...

MOPT Explores Charging Fee To Enter Vehicle Retriction Area of San Jose

(QCOSTARICA) Would you pay to enter San Jose, say a "congestion charge"? Taking a page from London (England), it is one of the proposals the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) is serious to solve the worsening congestion of the capital city. As in...

“Mental Block” And “Negative Thinking” Impede Solution To Costa Rica’s Traffic Congestion Problem

A "mental block" and the "negative attitude" of the public are factors preventing the country from finding solutions to the traffic congestion problem, especially affecting the Central Valley. That is the conclusion of Dr. Monica Araya, specialist in climate change and director of the "Costa...

Seven Hours Stuck In San Jose Traffic

Diego Rodríguez practically spend all day - his working day - Wednesday in his vehicle due to traffic congestion, protests, road closures and delivery trucks parked in the narrow streets of San Jose, all contributing to the nightmare lived daily by drivers. According to his...

MOPT Wants To See Staggered Work Hours For Public Employees To Solve Costa Rica’s Traffic Chaos

QCOSTARICA - In a press conference Monday, the Minister of Transport (MOPT), Carlos Villalta, announced a plan to stagger works hours at public institution with the aims of reducing traffic congestion in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). Villalta explained that, although the initiative is not...

Ministry Of Transport Promises Fix To Get San Jose Traffic Moving

QCOSTARICA - Hate getting stuck in traffic? It's unavoidable in the greater metropolitan area of San Jose. A study by the Directorate General of Traffic Engineering of the Ministry of Transport (MOPT), has identified 23 points "well known" for traffic congestion is greatest and is...

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...

One Quarter Of Drivers Spend Daily 2 Hours of More in Traffic

QCOSTARICA - Getting around the Central Valley is a daily headache for thousands of drivers, battling congestion, bad infrastructure and costs in time and fuel. A public survey by the Comptroller General's office (Contraloría General de la República - CGR) of about 3,000 people reveals...

MOPT Re-Opens Circunvalalción Only For Today

To alleviate the tremendous traffic congestion caused by today's protests, the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) to decided to open two of the four Bailey bridges on the Circunvalalción, to vehicular traffic. The opening was temporary and a last minute decision. Starting at 7:30am...

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