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New Incofer trains on their way to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Four of the eight new trains acquired by the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) - Costa Rican Railway -  left the factory in China this week for Costa Rica. After the German motors and electrical devices were installed at the CRRC Quingdao Sinfag company...

Use of masks mandatory at bus stops

Starting today Saturday, July 18, the use of masks or face shields is mandatory at all bus stops. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, detailing on Friday that the closeness among people waiting for this public service implies a possible risk of COVID-19 infection. For...

Buses with standing passengers and crowded stops this Monday

(QCOSTARICA) This Monday buses with passengers traveling standing are reported despite the fact that no standing passengers allowed and 20% occupancy. In addition, crowds of people waiting for buses were not observing social distancing at bus stops. For this week, July 13 to July 17, the...

Wearing a mask will be mandatory when traveling by public transport

(QCOSTARIC) The wearing of a facemask will be mandatory for all passengers traveling by public transport - bus, taxi, minibus - starting this Saturday, June 27. Drivers will have the power to request the user to put on a mask and to demand that it...

Tourist buses will return to the street under vehicular restrictions

(QCOSTARICA) After almost 3 months without being able to circulate, the transport units (big buses, small buses, minivans, etc) dedicated to tourism services ("turismo") will resume operations according to the last number on the license plate. The Public Transportation Council (CTP) approved this June 2...

Two bus drivers tested positive for COVID-19

Authorities confirmed 2 cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in bus drivers. Although there is not much detail about the drivers, it is known that they employed by a bus company in Guadalupe. The Ministry of Health asked drivers not to attend work if they present symptoms...

CTP urges mandatory use of masks on public transport

The Consejo de Transporte Público (CTP) - Public Transport Council (CTP) is urging taxi, bus and special services drivers to use face masks as a defense against Covid-19 and asked the Ministry of Health to assess their mandatory use for users of the service. The...

Riding The Bus: Open windows, gloves and alcohol among the 10 measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Open windows, gloves, and alcohol are part of the 10 measures to prevent infection on public buses, transport authorities and bus operators are putting into practice to deal with the spread of COVID-19 virus. The measure includes an information campaign to contain the possible spread...

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...

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...

Carlos Alvarado: ‘The Time Has Come For Transport Platforms’

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado said Wednesday that it was time to pass the bill to regulate digital transport platforms, such as Uber. After meeting with taxi drivers on Tuesday who applied 'tortuguismo' (slowdowns) in various sectors of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), the same...

“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...

Users Give Public Transport A LOW Rating

Rates have gone up in the last several weeks, but service is the same. Users of public tansport give the service a LOW rating.

Uber is the second most used public transport service in Costa Rica, according to UNA

What's your most often used means of public transport? Your second? If you said Uber to the latter, a recent study by the Instituto de Estudios Sociales en Población (IDESPO), of the Universidad Nacional (UNA) - Institute of Social Studies in Population of the...

Taxi Drivers Want To Be Able To Operate With Older Cars

Taxi drivers have asked Rodolfo Méndez, the Minister of Transportation (MOPT), to increase the antiquity of their vehicles, from the current 15 years to 20. If the request is approved, official taxis (red taxis) in the country could operate with vehicles as old as 1998...

MOPT Backpeddles On Support Of Uber

On September 25, Rodolfo Méndez, the Ministro de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT), admitted that all sectors would be taken into account in the drafting of the regulations for the public transport of people, but last week changed his mind and left out the...

Transito To Fine Buses That Transport Strikers

The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) warned holders of concessions from the Public Transport - ie buses and minivans - from using their units to transport strikers or face sanctions that could be a fine of more than ¢100,000 or have their license plates...

Why I like (and don’t like) taking the bus

Rico's TICO BULL - I find myself more and more taking pubic transportation, the bus.  I like it. And I don't like it. Getting to San Jose by bus is easy. Just about every bus on a major route is either heading to or away...

Uber is illegal Says Government, but It will not shut it down

After 45 days the government said it needed to pronounce on the Uber issue, it has reiterated the position that Uber and other similar transport are illegal, but it will not disconnect the platform, recognizing the challenge imposed by technological advances to the Government. For...

Travel like the pros, 9 budget hacks for your next vacation

Want to travel like the pros? Better start pinching your pennies, pesos and colones. While it's true that money can buy you an elite - easy, even - adventure anywhere, those who travel for a living genuinely enjoy the challenge of bargain hunting. Riding public...

Taxi Drivers Have Their Day

Taxi drivers on Wednesday took to the streets to pressure the government of Carlos Alvarado to put an end to Uber in Costa Rica.  

Costa Rica Drives For A New Green Goal: Electric Transport

Costa Rica this month broke the world record for the most consecutive days running on renewable energy - 300, besting record of 299 set in 2015; in 2016 the country went 271 days using only renewable energy But there´s one area where Costa Rica is...

Eight Out Of Ten Assaults On Buses Occur At Night

Taking a bus in Costa Rica, for some, can be a scary experience. Drivers making change or sorting an counting money while negotiating traffic. Some even believe they are behind the wheel of race and on the Indy track.But at night the situation changes,...

MOPT Analyzing If They Can “Take” Buses From Companies That Announced A Stop In Service

Q COSTA RICA - Two bus operators are calling it quits, throwing in the towel, announcing they will stop providing service to La Carpio, Barrio México, La Uruca and Barrio Escalante on July 17. The reason? Low fares and the inability or unwillingness of transport...

Government Shelved Plan To Regulate UBER and ‘Collaborative Transport’

Q COSTA RICA  - In April 2016, ruling party (PAC) legislator, Franklin Corella, introduced a bill to regulate UBER in Costa Rica and services offering "collaborative transport" by way of Apps (Internet-based applications). A year and month later, the bill remains stalled, awaiting political will. Although...

Costa Rica Government Has Billions Of Reasons To Slow The Process Of An Efficient Public Transport System

(QCostarica) The slow movement towards an efficient public transport system in Costa Rica, can be explained to some extent by the fact that a large part of government revenue, is related to vehicle ownership. Just last year, the Ministry of Finance (Ministerio de Hacienda) took...

MOPT Announces Pilot Plan To Reduce Number of Buses Entering Downtown San Jose

  (qCOSTARICA) Perhaps the single biggest contributor to the traffic congestion of San Jose are the buses, as "all buses lead to San Jose". But, that may soon change. The Ministry of Transport (MOPT) is pinning its hopes on a pilot plan to "zone" buses coming from...

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