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Johnny Araya wants to connect the GAM electric train with a tram for San José

(QCOSTARICA) One day, possibly in the very near future, Costa Rica, at least in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), could have a modern public transportation system. Joining that effort are the plans by San Jose mayor Johnny Araya, who wants to connect the GAM electric...

Virtual Reality Tour of the Electric Train!

Hype or reality? The electric commuter train for Costa Rica, a project headed by the First Lady, Claudia Dobles, is coming to a mall near year. The Tour de Realidad Virtual del Tren Eléctrico! (Virtual Reality Tour of the Electric Train!) is being presented in...

Attention Drivers!: Fine for crashing train level crossing is ¢215,000 colones

As of Wednesday, the fines went into effect against drivers who crash against the trail level crossings (aguas in Spanish) and impede rail crossings. The fine for crashing or damaging the rail way crossing is ¢215,000 colones, the fine for obstructing the train is ¢107,000...

Incofer Unveils Look of New Commuter Train

The Incofer, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarril - the national railway - unveiled the look of the new commuter trains that will sometime in the future be rolling the tracks of the greater metropolitan area. The look is completely different from the current cars and...

Man Decides To Manually Operate The Train Level Crossing in Heredia Center (Video)

From the corner of ONLY IN COSTA RICA, Accidendes de Costa Rica posted on their Facebook page his video that, according to version they received, a driver gets off the car and operated manually... without anyone's authorization, the train level crossing at the intersection...

Woman Run Over By Train Trying To Save Her Dog

Doña Yolanda Brenes Pérez, 67, every day took her daughter's 'perrita' (puppy) for a walk. She would take Jendry's poodle for walk around her house, in the neighborhood of Corazón de Jesús in Sabana Sur. But, Wednesday afternoon Doña Yolanda decided to walk a little...

The New Fines For Not Respecting The Train

With 42 votes in favor, legislators approved a bill that makes partial amendments to the Traffic Law, to fine for drivers related to incidents with the commuter train, such as disregarding the train's right of way and points for crashing into the train. Specifically, the...

The Incofer Will Not Increase Rates Until It Improves Train Service

With good sense, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) Costa Rican Railway - admitted it will not request a fare increase in train services until it improves quality for the benefit of users. The first step planned by the railway is the contracting of an...

In 3 Months, 47 Train Level Crossings Damage, 9 Destroyed

It's been three months since the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - transport ministry - began installing train level crossings in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) of San Jose. And it's been three months that drivers have had a new target to...

Passengers risk their lives every day when they travel the train

Dangling from the doors, risking their lives, is a common every was to travel on the 'tren urbano' (commuter train) in Costa Rica. Some users even ride in the space between two moving cars because the train is completely full. The worst of the cases...

Legislators Propose Sending Drivers In Crash With The Train To Driver Ed

Legislators are considering a novel approach to eliminating, at least reduce, collisions with the train by proposing to send imprudent drivers to driver education classes, in addition to paying the traffic ticket. The proposed legislation amends the Ley de Transito that would see a driver...

Ticos And The Train!

More TICO BULL: Playing Chicken With The Train!    

TICO BULL: Playing Chicken With The Train!

Rico's TICO BULL - In less than a month that the new train level crossings went into operation in 23 train crossings, there have already been six incidents of drivers slamming into the barriers. In their defense, some drivers complain of alleged "inconsistencies" in the...

Costa Rica To Buy Trains From China

The national railway, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (INCOFER), awarded to China's CRRC Qingdao Sifang the contract to supply eight two-car diesel multiple-units for use on commuter train services in the San José Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). The announcement to buy the 8 new train...

85, The Number Of Crashes With The Train in 2018

The number of vehicle crashes involving the train in 2018 was 85. The good news is that the number, though it is still high, is much lower than the 156 in 2017 and 118 on 2016. The bad news, five people lost their lives in the...

Cars and Buses In Competition With The Train

In this photo provided by Gustavo Jiménez Barboza published on Caminantedelsur.com we get a real picture of what goes on every day in the streets of San Jose: cars and buses in a struggle for advantage competing with the train.   Who do you suppose...

Transito To Give Advice To Drivers and Pedestrians To Avoid Accidents With The Train

The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) has come out with a public campaign giving advice to drivers to avoid accidents at the 23 train level crossings that bars and lights were recently installed. The traffic police have also posted officials at the various points, one...

Trains And Drivers in Costa Rica Not An Easy Mix

Rico's TICO BULL - Trains and drivers in Costa Rica just don't seem to go together. Is it culture? Lack of respect? Or just bad driving? You name it. On Monday, the Incofer - the national railway - in its plan to make train travel...

A New Meaning To Taking The Train In Costa Rica

This photo circulating the social networks adds a new meaning to taking the train tn Costa Rica. Some of the to the photos include, "perhaps the train was full" and "practicing for when the plan fiscal takes effect". From Accidentes de Costa Rica

75 Year Old Man Hit By Train In Sabana Sur

A 75-year-old man was the latest to lose a battle with the train. The man, whose identity was not released to the press, sustained serious injuries after being hit by the commuter train in the area of La Sabana Sur on Thursday afternoon. Paramedics from...

Video: Man Hit By Commuter Train In Tibas

A video camera captured the moment the commuter train hit a pedestrian, around 6 a.m. Firday morning, in Tibas.  The man was walking along the side of the railway, when he was hit sideways by the train. The person, whose identity as not released to...

Spare Parts For Commuter Train Take More Than 300 Days To Arrive In The Country

Think you have it bad getting parts from abroad for your vehicle. Put yourself in the shoes of the country's national railway, an institution with low funding and struggling to keep the few trains not severely damaged by the almost daily incidents with vehicles. According...

Train of Idiots!

What has become almost a daily occurrence, a collision with the commuter train caused tremendous congestion this Thursday morning in San Franciso (downtown) Heredia. The collision also delayed the Alajuela - Heredia train service. In this incident, the collision involved two taxis, a bus, and the...

Once Again A Life Lost Under The Wheels Of The Train

Traffic in San Pedro, on the east side of San Jose, became a total nightmare - worse than the usual - due to a fatal accident with the commuter train. It was shortly after 6:00 am this Wednesday morning, for reasons yet unclear, a motorcyclist...

The Train Didn’t Stop!

Q COSTA RICA  - In the 'hard to believe but true' department, in a report by Elguardian.cr, the driver of white SUV involved in a collision with a train on Tuesday, in the area of Rio Segundo, in Alajuela said, "the train didn't stop". The driver...

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...

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...

Commuter Train Does Not Have The Capacity

Q COSTA RICA NEWS / The plan was great. The government told us, "take the train" as a measure to lessen the road congestion caused by the partial closure of two lanes of the 'platina' bridge on the autopista General Cañas. But, as authorities and...

A Good Day To Stay Put. Or Walk.

Q COSTA RICA  / If you think traffic congestion in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) was bad, you weren't out this morning, the first weekday of traffic with the 'platina' closures - the closing of the two Alajuela - San Jose bound lanes on...

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...

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...

Bus and Train In Early Monday Morning Crash in Pavas

QCOSTARICA - It's been days since we've had a collision with the commuter train, the streak ending this Monday morning, in Pavas, San Jose. The crash left two people injured, according to authorities. The injured were a passenger and the driver of the bus, both...

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