In Costa Rica there will never be a Metro, nor an urban electric train, nor any type of efficient public transport system simply because it does not suit the bus companies.
Lack of strong political leadership and a government with real capabilities is preventing Costa Rica from making the indispensable -and also inevitable- changes needed for it to regain its position as a leading nation in terms of economic and social development in Central America.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is preparing the first National Transport Plan of Nicaragua, with the help of national and international consultants.
The Engineer Pablo Fernando Martinez, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, met with funding organizations such as the World Bank, the IDB and the company JICA to evaluate studies on the National Transport Plan.
The renewal of the public transport fleet begins with the importation of about 300 buses powered by liquefied petroleum gas.
The renewal of bus concessions to be made by businesses by mid-2013 and early 2014 will be used by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) to bring in units which use cleaner energy sources, such as LPG or CNG (Natural Gas). The change will begin with 300 units, noted an article published by Crhoy.com.
A study by a Spanish consultancy firm recommends subdividing the GAM as a guide for the investment programs of the Ministry of Transport.
The Spanish state run company INECO, specializing in transportation engineering and consulting, is responsible for the design of the National Transport Plan for Costa Rica, which aims to serve as a basis for establishing guidelines for future investments in the transport sector, including roads, air transport, ports and railways. These investments are intended to make the transport of goods and passengers more efficient, minimizing costs. In addition, the study recommends the most appropriate sector organization and should clearly define the responsibilities of each department within the MOPT. This will improve the country’s competitiveness and international trade.
Banrural and the German Bank for Development and Investment have granted a loan to Servicios para Centrales S.A. to finish building the bus transfer terminal CentraNorte in Guatemala.
The Rural Development Bank (Banrural) and the German Bank for Development and Investment (DEG, by its German acronym), have agreed to pay $40 million to the company Servicios para Centrales S.A., to complete construction of the bus transfer terminal CentraNorte, reported Elperiodico.com.gt.