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48% of COVID-19 deaths in the last month concentrated in 19 districts of the GAM

(QCOSTARICA) A total of 19 districts of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) had 111 of the 233 deaths from COVID-19 that occurred in the country from July 12 to August 12. In other words, these districts accumulated 47.6% of all deaths registered during that period. La...

3 million In Costa Rica remain under the “hammer” to prevent hospitals collapse

(QCOSTARICA) Due to the increased number of new infections and hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), the government has decided to continue to apply the "hammer". On Friday, the government announced that 34 cantons of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), where 2,967,000...

“Hammer” time, Costa Rica’s GAM under ‘orange’ alert

(QCOSTARICA) The number of COVD-19 infections in the last few days has been staggering, 1,359 new cases in just three days, resulting in the Ministry of Health losing the ability to monitor and follow-up contacts and issue sanitary orders. As of today, Friday, Costa Rica...

Suspending freedom of transit and assembly at sites with high COVID-19 cases would flatten the curve

(QCOSTARICA) Temporarily suspending freedom of transit and assembly to contain the expansion of the COVID-19 would flatten the contagion curve, according to Costa Rica's College of Physicians and Surgeons (Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos). The proposal resurfaces at a time when the country has had...

Health admits community transmission in the Greater Metropolitan Area

(QCOSTARICA) The explosion of COVID-19 infections forced in the last couple of weeks, in particular, the last two days with 294 new cases on Wednesday, a record and 270 on Thursday, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, admitted during the Thursday press conference, that...

Increase in COVID-19 cases migrated from the Northern Zone to the GAM

(QCOSTARICA) The trend of increasing cases due to COVID-19 stopped concentrating in the Northern Zone and now, the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) of  San José is the site with the highest incidence. Of the 139 new cases reported Monday, 27 were in the canton of...

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...

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...

Only In Costa Rica … For Now

Costa Rica is the first country for Uber's launch of its carbon footprint reduction product now available to its customers. UberEco is an ecological modality that will help reduce the carbon footprint, as part of the profits will be invested in the Orosí wind project,...

Two Quakes – 5.5 and 5.2 – Shake Costa Rica In Less That 12 Hours Apart

The Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) reported a 5.2 magnitude quake this Wednesday morning, at 5:23 am, the epicenter located 21 km south of Quepos, on the Central Pacific coast. The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (Ovsicori) instruments registered the quake a 4.8 magnitude. The...

Uber Advises Users In Costa Rica To “Verify Your Trip”

As of last week (July 24), Uber users began receiving notification within the app, reminding them that before getting into a vehicle, to verify that the car and 'partner' (driver) data match the information provided by the application. The measure is part of "Verify your...

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...

Despite The Promise Of A Year Ago Traffic Congestion In The GAM Continues

It's been a year. Almost a year, on May 8, 2018, when Carlos Alvarado took office and promised to reduce congestion by attacking the "28 cuellos de botella" (bottlenecks) crippling the roads of Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). It was his first presidential executive directive. But...

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...

AyA intensifies water rationing in San Jose metropolitan area

In Moravia, Desamparados, Alajuelita and Hatillos alone almost 60,000 residents are struggling to meet needs in their homes and businesses due to water rationing this week. Thousands more are affected in other communities as the national water authority, the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados...

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...

Government Initiates Road Intervention Program To Reduce Congestion In The GAM

The government of Carlos Alvarado began on Thursday to intervene the first of the "28 bottlenecks" that hinder vehicular circulation in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). With the presence of the President and the newly appointed Minister of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez...

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...

Costa Rica Badly Needs A Modern Urban Train, Business Sector Says

A modern urban train in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) would be an important step to improve the quality of life, as well as productivity, of thousands of workers who lose several hours a day to move from one place to another. This is the...

Elevated Train: Good or Bad Option For Urban Transport In The GAM?

By 2022, the Metropolitan Area of San Jose (GAM) will have an elevated rapid passenger train (Metro), which would help reduce traffic congestion, President-elect Carlos Alvarado said this week. It is an elevated train, which would connect Paraíso de Cartago with Alajuela and Belén (Heredia),...

Traffic Police and OIJ Advocate Removal Of Bodies Without Presence of a Judge

The Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) and a former criminal judge advocate that the removal of bodies in traffic accidents be carried out without the presence of a judge. The discussion gained strength after less than a month two traffic...

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...

Real Estate Developers Aim To Dodge San Jose Traffic Nightmare

Real-estate developers in Costa Rica are adjusting their offers in response to the growing traffic problems in the greater metropolitan area of San Jose (GAM), where commuters in the face hours each morning and afternoon moving to and from work. The aim to is cut...

San Jose GAM To Get Railway Signals

With the objective of reducing the great number of accidents, many with fatalities, involvingt he commuter train, after a long process, a US$7 million contract to install traffic lights and train warning signals and points on 91 railway crossings in the Greater Metropolitan Area...

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...

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...

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...

People In Search of Recreation In The GAM Are Condemned To Malls

Q COSTA RICA - Guillermo Carazo, president of the Cámara Costarricense de la Construcción (Costa Rican Chamber of Construction), says when planning cities, a vital theme is to leave space for green areas and parks where people can enjoy and share. But, that has...

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...

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...

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