Monday 14 June 2021

Electric Light Rail Could Revolutionize Costa Rica Public Transport

The Train-GAM would save 12 million person-hours per year

The Train-GAM would save 12 million person-hours per year

Q COSTA RICA – The concept of an electric light rail system – dubbed ‘Tren-GAM’- would be the most efficient way to improve public transport in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), taking into account factors such quality of service, passenger volume and cost.

An elevated train or a metro (ground level train) would be superior in some respects, however, none offer significant advatanges such as the Tren-Tram, which would cost a fraction of any of the other options for the 75 kilometer run between Cartago and Coyol (west of the San Jose international airport).

- Advertisement -

According an analysis by La Republica, taking into account other projects of this type around the world, the Tren-Gam, would increase national productivy by an estimated 12 million person hours, compared to the current options of the Commuter train with limited service weekday mornigns and afternoons or bus services and connections.

This is without taking into consideration the benefit of reducing vehicular traffic congestion, as an increasing percentage of the population starts taking advantage of the new option.

Pollution in the GAM would also be reduced considering by the use of a 100% electric train.

Another point in favor of this system is that the first phase, using the existing national railway system between Cartago and Coyol, it could mean the project be up and running in two years, considering that much of the plans has been done by the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) – national railway, under the mandate of Miguel Carabaguiaz, who was president of the Incofer from 2005 to 2014.

- Advertisement -

The green indicates the route of the Tren-GAM (red in second phase); blue a regular tram for the downtown San Jose; grey the current road system

La Republica notes that 90% of the 75 kilometer track allows two way travel The run between Cartago and San Jose could be in less than 30 minutes or half of what it takes now by bus. The run to Coyol from San Jose would be about the same. Thus, taking the Tren-GAM from Cartago to Coyol could take less than an hour.

Other points in favor of the Tren-GAM:

  • The cost would be an average of US$1 to US$1.50 or less each way.
  • It would provide a new option for mass travel within the GAM
  • The Tren-GAM would run some 800 meters from the San Jose international airport, becoming an alternate for travel to and from the airport. The current rail lines also run near hospitals, universities and large business parks.
  • The cost of the project would be around US$600 million dollars.
  • In peak hours, the wait time between trains would not be more than 12 minutes.
  • Since the Tren-GAM is 100% electric, it would not be a pollutant.

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Truck without brakes causes triple crash kills four

QCOSTARICA - A truck loaded with wood, lost its braking power,...

Costa Rica’s electric train ‘more political than a public transport solution’

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica’s US$1.55 billion dollar electric train project has...

MOST READ

Your cell phone can now notify you if you had contact with a positive case of covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Fifteen months after the national emergency against covid-19 was declared, Costa Ricans will have a digital platform where you can be notified...

The US improves travel alerts for Central America; Not Costa Rica and Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The United States has eased travel advisories for most Central American countries, with the exception of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, according to...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 14: 1 & 2 CANNOT circulate

Today, Monday, June 14, vehicles with plates ending 1 & 2 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

Costa Rica will have a system to reduce marine pollution

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will have a system called "Interceptor" that will eliminate floating and suspended waste from the upper layer of its waters,...

5.7 Quake jolts Costa Rica

2021-06-10 17:27:0.5, Magnitude: 5.76, Depth 10.0 km, Epicenter: 95.5 km Southwest Malpais de Puntarenas. The jolt was felt also in the Central Valley. No reports...

Apple extended the life of its older iPhones

QTECH - Whether due to the global economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic or due to shortages of electronic components, raw materials, factory...

Kamala Harris begins tour in Guatemala

Q24N - Arriving in the Guatemalan capital about two hours late, after the plane in which she was traveling had to turn around due...

Daniel Ortega undertook a hunt for presidential candidates and opponents

TODAY NICARAGUA – In an unprecedented persecution, the Daniel Ortega regime detained four presidential candidates in one week, a move that is part of...

Carlos Alvarado describes calls reprehensible the persecution of Ortega against opponents in Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, described the persecution of Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega against opponents as reprehensible after the government...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.