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

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 at 6:00am this morning donned the role of traffic cop and […]

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

‘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 a press conference Thursday, assured the six lane bridge […]

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

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 London, drivers would pay a charge for driving within the […]

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

“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 Rica Limpia“, on the Nuestra Voz radio program. Araya’s project […]

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

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 new, public institutions will be asked to implement a staggered […]

Ministry Of Transport Promises Fix To Get San Jose Traffic Moving

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 moving forward with a plan of public works to get […]

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 […]

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

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 that almost one-quarter (24%) spend up to two hours daily […]

MOPT Re-Opens Circunvalalción Only For Today

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 this, all workers and machinery were cleared of the […]