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Map specifies prohibited routes for cyclists

(QCOSTARICA) It's the weekend and weather permitting, a great time for cycling. But riders are asked not to forget that were are still in a pandemic and social distancing is among the measures that prevents the spread of the COVID-19. In recent weeks, many cyclists...

MOPT recognizes that the vehicle restrictions is a business for the government

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) recognizes that vehicle restriction has become a business for the government. "Although the health restriction is intended to reduce the number of people out on the street, unless they really have to be out, it is a...

Garantia Sociales Viaduct Inaugurated, Less Congestion In Zapote

On Monday, March 30, The Ministery of Transport (MOPT) inaugurated the new overpass of the Garantia Sociales (Zapote) rotonda, with the aim of reducing congestions on the Circunvalacaion. The inauguration took place early Monday morning, at 7:00 am and due to the covid-19 crisis, the...

Overhaul Of Zatope Rotonda Making Progress

The Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) - the folks who maintain our roads and promise to get rid of all congestion (or at least part, though they never explain which part), published the following photos on the process of the work on...

Eviction of Friday’s In San Pedro Began Friday!

Another one of the big ones gone. In 1980, Friday's a concept bar-restaurant that revolutionized the times in Costa Rica .... served its last customers on Thursday. And will now be bulldozed to make way for progress. Located in San Pedro de Montes de Oca...

The Painted Lines Come Later. Maybe Never.

Rico's TICO BULL - Take a look at the photos below, we see men and machines working, paving, great promo for the MOPT, you know the people that have given us great roads and great infrastructure over the years. Now, if you live in Costa...

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...

Speeding: From A Cop’s Perspective

Speeding kills. We all speed. That is why the Policia de Transito (traffic police) use their photo radar unit to catch speeding drivers. This photo by the Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Publicas (MOPT), gives us a glimpse from a transito's (cop's) perspective of a...

Three Downtown Roads To Be Exclusive For Public Transit

Major changes to the flow of downtown San Jose traffic will be in place in the coming weeks when three of the roads will become partially exclusive for public transit (buses and taxis). These are Avenidas 3 and 6 and Calle 2. Avenida 3 is...

Government Supports Fast-Tracking Law To Regulate Uber

Although the taxi union opposes the new bill that regulates digital transport platforms, such as Uber, the government is in agreement with the Legislative Assembly to fast-track it. Victor Morales, Ministro de la Presidencia (Chief-of-staff), explained the executive branch supports the will of the legislators...

This is the new law plan to regulate Uber in Costa Rica

Legislators of the Legislative Committee on Economic Affairs made public on Wednesday an alternative text to the Government's plan to regulate technological transport platforms such as Uber. The text, among other objectives, aims to put the user as the most important figure to benefit from...

“An Endless Road”: MOPT Proposes To Finish The Road San Carlos by 2025

July 4, 2025. That is the date proposed by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) and the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi) - Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and the National Road Council -  for the completion  of the works on...

Costa Rican Public Roads Work Contracts Attract World-wide Interest

Costa Rica has become a market of interest for construction companies in various parts of the world, who already developing public works for about US$840 million. That has unleashed a strong competition for major public roads contracts. The multimillion-dollar works agenda of recent years and the...

“Security for women is the challenge of public transport”

Karla González, former Minister of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) and leader of the Gender Working Group of the World Bank participated yesterday in the webinar "Gender and transport in Latin America", promoted by Women in Motion. The presentation focused on the need to consider...

Are The Traffic Cameras Coming Back? When?

The recklessness of many drivers will never end. That is a truth that transit officials in the country know well. And despite their attempts in the past, the lack of proper resources - sufficient traffic officials (police) on the roads, among others - means...

Downtown San Jose Roads Get A Refit

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) in conjunction with the municipality of San José started a process of resurfacing and demarcation of roads in 24 different points of the central hull of the capital city. Approximately 50 km from San José will be...

Trapped By Progress: 12 Families Live In The Middle of Taxiway Under Construction at San Jose Airport

Twelve families trapped between the old judicial process of expropriation and the need for the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (SJO) to expand to accommodate the growth in air travel at Costa Rica's major airport, will soon live literally next to the...

The Ministry Nincompoops (MOPT) Do It Again!

Rico's TICO BULL - If you weren't aware, as many, this morning on the east of the La Sabana park there were two major intersection changes in effect, but despite the announcements last week, neither drivers nor the Ministry of Transport was ready. One of...

“Eternal appeals” frustrate the start of works in two sections of the Interamericana Norte

For this month, the expansion work on the section of the Interamericana Norte highway between Limonal and Barranca (Puntarenas), should have been underway. At least that was the plan by the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transporters (MOPT). But the reality is another matter. In fact,...

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...

Ruta 32 Expansion Continues Without Completing Even 1 Of 1,200 Possible Expropriations

18 months after having started the expansion of the Ruta 32 (San Jose - Limon), the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transporters (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transportation - is still looking to reduce the number of lands that the contractor will...

MOPT tests in Monteverde new model in road building

With more than a decade under its belt to get this important road - the road to Monteverde - to one of the country's more important tourist destination, the government of Carlos Alvarado hopes to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the halls of...

The Drive To Monteverde

Last month, on February 8 (2019) to be precise, I had the occasion to drive to Monteverde. I hadn't done the trip in almost a year to the day and didn't really know what to expect. Maybe the road was finished. Highly unlikely, but one...

Costa Rica has the second worst roads in the region

Costa Rica's are ranked second in Latin America in terms of connectivity and second to last in quality. That is the revelation by an account prepared by Deloitte, based on the results of the Global Competitiveness Index (GPI) of the World Economic Forum that measures...

Minister of Transport assures that his plans against Uber “are very solid”

The Minister of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez Mata, assures that his plans against Uber "are very solid". The closeup shows the MOPT minister considering "uninstalling" Uber.

Are the traffic cameras coming back? This is the new plan to monitor drivers

The "eyes" on drivers many becoming back with an initiative presented by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - to bring back the cameras on roads. The 'new' cameras, however, would not only monitor speeding,...

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...

Optimistic Outlook For Costa Rica’s Public Works Projects

In Costa Rica, investments in the construction of highways, roads and bridges are forecast to grow in 2019 and 2020, by 47% and 10%, respectively. The 2019-2020 Macroeconomic Program of the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR), explains that by 2019, the acceleration in the...

“Recurso” (Appeal) Filed Against The RTV Roadside Inspections

Not totally unexpected, a citizen filed a 'recurso de amparo' (appeal) against the RTV and the Ministry of Transportation for the mobile inspection units that went into service last week, that perform, at the request of a traffic officer (Transito), a roadside vehicle inspection. The...

Just imagine for a second…

Rico's TICO BULL - On the social media, the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT), the folks who daily try to solve our traffic problems, but alas have their hands tied by drivers in Costa Rica who neither respect the rules of the...

Vehicular Restrictions of San Jose Suspended For The Holidays

The Ministry of Transport (MOPT) announced that there will be NO vehicular restrictions of San Jose for the holiday period. The vehicular restriction of San Jose in effect from 6 am to 7 pm on weekdays, excluding holidays, will be suspended on December 24, 26,...

Agreement to expand the Ruta 27 would be ready next year

2019 will be the year full of "road work" according to the Minister of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez, who on Wednesday confirmed the beginning of the negotiation process for the expansion of the autopista José María Castro Madriz, better known as...

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