The Incofer has allocated $11 million to install a security system that includes boom barriers, illuminated and audio signals.
Christian Vargas, executive president of the Costa Rican Institute of Railways (Incofer), told Nacion.com that "..."The tender for a safety system to help prevent further collisions with the train could be ready this month'It would include boom barriers, luminous signs and audio signs ... we have over 200 crosses from Cartago and going towards Alajuela and Belen.'"
A feasibility study indicates an estimated cost of $770 million for building a Metro that will loop through 20 kilometers between the North and South of the capital city, a project which will be put out to tender in 2017.
The project, whose feasibility study was commissioned with the Spanish company IDOM Ingeniería y Consultoría, consists of building a light railway which will extend for 20 kilometers and will have 20 stations.The trains will run from South Centra in Villa Nueva, to Centra Norte, within the limits of zones 17 and 18.
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.
It has been announced that the company China Railway Company is studying whether it would be feasible to reactivate a passenger train service between San Salvador and the area of Sitio del Niño, in the municipality of San Juan Opico.
Authorities at the Executive Port Commission (CEPA) explained that the studies that were started during the previous administration with the Spanish company Tramrail have not been completed, and now it is the company China Railway Company which is analyzing the feasibility of the project.
As well as approval for financing of its construction in February, an environmental permit has now been granted to develop the Metro line that will reach Panama West.
Progress of the project has now been consolidated now that along with funding,which was approved in February, approval has been given to the Environmental Impact Study, which states that"... the line will occupy 160 hectares in its area of influence, of which 42 hectares possess vegetation".
The new law allows the Incofer to borrow up to about $440 million to build an electric inter-urban train line through means of a public-private partnerships or trusts.
Under recent government administration's proposals to build a train in the metropolitan area of the country have always been on the agenda, and the current government of Luis Guillermo Solis is no exception.His administration proposed an initiative which has now passed into law, therefore the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles has the legislative backing to seek funding and build a metro train.
Although the funds are not yet available, nor is there legislative authority to borrow, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles has announced that it intends to acquire 8 trains.
An article on Crhoy reports that "...Guillermo Santana, CEO of Incofer, said the new units will have to comply with national railway infrastructure conditions, for which reason the rolling stock must be modified by the manufacturer and will take longer to arrive. "
Three years after the first attempt, the government has announced that the railway project estimated at $200 million will be tendered in 2017 under a public-private partnership scheme.
In 2013 the National Agency for Partnerships for Economic Infrastructure Development (ANADIE) had tried to tender the design and construction of an urban passenger train and a railway terminal, however, it never materialized. Now the government of President Jimmy Morales has taken up the project under the same scheme of a public-private partnership, only evaluating the work at $200 million and not $350 million as projected previously. Diario de Centroamerica reported that the initiative will be presented to Congress.
The launch of a tender for its construction is still scheduled for early 2017 and the line will run parallel to the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal.
From a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry of Panama:
The presidents of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, and Japan, Shinzo Abe, will preside this April 18th in Tokyo, over the signing of the financing and project management of the construction of Line 3 of the Metro de Panama going towards the province of Panama Oeste, a work which is expected to be started at the beginning of 2017 and to be completed in 2022.
The government plans to analyze the feasibility of building a light rail line which would connect line 3 with other provinces, in a first stage to Penonomé, a second to Santiago and a third to David, Chiriqui.
In a statement on Presidencia.gob.pa, it is indicated that "... along with the construction of Metro Line 3 to the sector of West Panama, the administration has scheduled the feasibility studies necessary for the construction of a Light Rail line to connect Line 3 with the rest of the country, through a first tranche to Penonomé, a second to Santiago and a third stretch to David, Chiriqui.
It has been announced that as of December 15th the Tecún Uman San Marcos line will connect with the mexican Compañía de Ferrocarriles Chiapas-Mayab in order to transport cargo from Guatemala.
The Mexican train known as "The Beast", will enter onto Guatemalan soil through Tecún Uman, where it will receive cargo to be transported from Central America to Mexico and the United States. Results of a study undertaken as part of the project indicate that the costs of railway land freight transport could be reduced by between 30% and 40%.
The consortium led by France's Alstom won the contract to supply the integrated system including 21 trains, substations and command systems for the trains.
Alstom, the leader of the consortium that won the tender, has been commissioned to provide the trains and launch Line 1. The contract for Line 2 of Metro de Panama states that the consortium will provide all trains, stations and operate the line.
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