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Nacion makes deal to have the train reach Parque Viva

The Grupo Nacion and the government inked an agreement that would add ¢150 million colones to the cost of the electric train to reach the Grupo's Parque Viva.

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...

Electric Train Progresses in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) The government on Monday (May 4) presented to the Legislative Assembly the draft law of the loan contract with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), which will be used for the construction of the Passenger Electric Train of the Great Metropolitan...

Government studies options to subsidize electric train rates

Payments from the State to a company that obtains a service concession would ensure profitability and access for users is one of three subsidy models for the intercity electric train fares being studied by the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) - Costa Rican Railroad...

Costa Rica’s Intercity Electric Train Could Derail

The concession of an efficient and modern intercity electric train that connects to the four provinces of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), promoted by Costa Rica's First Lady, Claudia Dobles, could be derailed because of dilly-dallying by legislators. Some 40 legislators who together form a...

Intermodality in public transport begins to take shape

Can you imagine taking the train in Cartago, getting off in San Jose center and traveling the last kilometers to work on a rented bicycle, or use a bus and transfer in a mega terminal where you will have several options to end the...

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...

Costa Rica advances in infrastructure, but is still far from overcoming lag

Perhaps you have noticed that the current government is building several infrastructure works in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) with the objective of mitigating road congestion problems. However, projects such as Circunvalación Norte, the new bridge over the Virilla River and the overpasses in Gariantia...

Costa Rica – Panama Bridge Half Way There

The construction of the new binational bridge over the Sixaola River, which is being jointly carried out by Costa Rica and Panama, presents a global advance of 56%. At the same time, the relocation of the border posts of both countries in matters of migration,...

Companies from ten countries to compete for Costa Rica’s electric train

Representatives of the main railway equipment construction companies in the world were in Costa Rica in recent months sizing up the concession project - which will open in 2020 - for the electric train of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). So far, companies China, Korea,...

Electric Train Project Enters Feasibility Stage and Design

The ambitious plan by the government of Carlos Alvarado seems to be coming closer and closer to a reality with the announcement on Frida, confirming that the process of "value engineering" has been completed, which must now be complemented with feasibility studies. The presentation was...

San Jose Metro: Futuristic Vision, or Pipe Dream?

Once again the idea, dream or vision of a Metro (subway) for San Jose is being talked about. And although everyone agrees that a Metro would be an efficient transport system for Costa Rica's capital city, moving a large number of people, without affecting...

Alvarez Desanti Proposes To Prohibit Import Of Fossil Fueled Vehicles Starting In 2035

As the 2018 presidential election campaigns start to roll out, one of the candidates proposes to prohibit the import of fossil fuel powered vehicles starting in 2015. Antonio Alvarez Desanti, presidential candidate for the Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN), said on Tuesday that the first 100,000...

Bolivia Inaugurates Construction of its First Electric Railroad

The beginning of construction for Bolivia's first electric train was inaugurated by President Evo Morales on Thursday in a public ceremony that brought together various supporters of the major transportation project, including government representatives, academics, and business owners. “Work on the metropolitan train has already...

Electric Light Rail Could Revolutionize Costa Rica Public Transport

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...

“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...

Legislator Warns Of Government’s Plan Of Additional Tax on Vehicles To Finance Electric Train

(QCOSTARICA) - The legislator for the Alianza Demócrata Cristiana, Mario Redondo, warns of a plan by the government to introduce a new (and additional) property tax on vehicles, to "finance" the urban electric train system. Redondo commented on Thursday the provision included in the “Ley...

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