Tuesday, 1 December 2020

The Commuter Train Surprises Alajuelenses

The Incofer conducted a test of the commuter train between Alajuela and Heredia.
The Incofer conducted a test of the commuter train between Alajuela and Heredia.

(QCOSTARICA) On Wednesday many Alajuelenses (residents of Alajuela) were surprised to hear the blowing whistle of the commuter train that will soon be part of their daily lives.

The railway  – Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) – yesterday conducted a test from downtown Heredia to Rio Segundo de Alajuela (east of the San Jose international the airport), 7.4 kilometres of track.

- Advertisement -

Once fully complete (the Incofer is continuing work on a 600 metre section of track in San Joaquin de Flores) the commuter train will run regular service between Rio Segundo to the Basilica de Los Angeles in Cartago, passing through Heredia and San Jose. The 40 kilometre trip will last between 90 and 100 minutes.

Guillermo Santana, head of the Incofer, said the Alajuela track should be operational by September, depending on the regulatory authority, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep), setting the rate.

“Once the rate is set, the train will start to run. We have complied with all the requests made by the Aresep,” said Santana.

According to Santana, initially the train will run every 50 minutes between Rio Segundo and downtown Heredia, with stops in San Joaquin de Flores and San Francisco de Heredia. Santana added that with a good nightly maintenance program, it will allow the railway to put into service all its units and decrease the fequency to 30 minutes.

- Advertisement -

The goal, the official said, is to have more than 30 trains in operation (throughout the system), but not diesel. “They have to be electric because we want to help reduce the carbon footprint in the country,” said Santana.

For Alajuela, the plan, according to the Incofer, is to continue the train to the San Rafael de Alajuela hospital and even to downtown Alajuela. For this, the Incofer is looking for financial support from the municipality of Alajuela. For his part, Roberto Thompson, mayor of Alajuela, said the municipality is committed to supporting this work with an investment of over ¢200 million colones.

The commuter train starting running in October 2005, between San Pedro and Pavas, with a connection in downtown San Jose. Since, the Pavas line was extended to reach San Antonio de Belén and the San Jose – Heredia and San Jose – Cartago service was added.

The commuter train runs mornings and afternoon on weekedays and on special occasions, like service to the national stadium in La Sabana.

Source: Nacion.com

- Advertisement -
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Turrialba Volcano will once again amaze visitors with guided tours from sunrise

QCOSTARICA - With a string of walks that will begin at...

Taras, Cartago Friday Afternoon

QCOSTARICA - Taras, Cartago. At 3:10 pm this Friday a rainbow...


AyA Out of Control: Ombudswoman denounces utility

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's Ombudswoman, Catalina Crespo, denounced that the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) - the national water uitlity - is...

Why Setting Up Shop in Costa Rica Appeals To Online Gambling Companies

There are plenty of reasons for online gambling companies to choose Costa Rica as their base. Online gambling companies are known for making careful decisions...

New step against evasion? The Treasury will have a closer look at taxpayers

QCOSTARICA -  Taxpayer movements with the Treasury will have more controls as of December 1, with the addition of the 13-digit code known as...

Aresep prepares a rate to allow households to pre-pay for electricity

QCOSTARICA - The Regulatory Authority of Public Services (Aresep) announced this Wednesday that it plans to introduce prepaid electricity applicable to the residential sector. With...

Western Union closes in Cuba due to U.S. sanctions

(Q24N) The financial services company Western Union closed its operation in Cuba, this Monday, November 23, forced by pressure from the Donald Trump administration,...

PAHO urges countries not to require covid-19 tests from travelers

QCOSTARICA - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged countries not to require covid-19 tests from travelers, insisting that they give a 'false sense...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.