Costa Rica to Unveil Public Transportation Plan in April

The draft plan incorporates inter-sector buses (known as interlining) and promotion of the metropolitan electric train.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The planned investment in the metropolitan electric train project (TREM) would be about $ 1,100 million over the first eight years.

"Within a decade the population grew at an average of 15% while the number of vehicles doubled...The government wants to encourage the train," stated to Carlos Contreras from the Ministry's Division of Transportation.

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Costa Rica: Electronic Payment for Public Transport

January 2014

An announcement has been made to implement an electronic payment system on buses circulating in the capital.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (ARESEP) and the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR) signed an agreement for the implementation of an electronic payment system on buses circulating the capital.

Feasibility Study for Light Rail

December 2011

For the third time in the last 8 years a feasibility study has been done for the development of rail links within the Greater Metropolitan Area of Costa Rica's capital.

Funding for this study now comes from a donation of $800 thousand from the Spanish state run company Ferrocarriles de Vía Estrecha (FEVE), which in recent years has worked with railroad equipment currently in use by the Costa Rican Institute of Railways (Incofer).

Costa Rica: Proposal to Reform Public Transport

July 2010

The government is due to present its Transportation Master Plan soon.

In a press conference, the president, Laura Chincilla, disclosed that part of the plan is to review the inter-urban bus project (known as “Interlíneas”). This project struggled under the previous government.

Doubts arise regarding concession of the train in Costa Rica

October 2009

The proceedings of the concession continue, but President Arias doubts about its convenience.

While the Ministry of Public Infrastructure continues to work in the draft for the 11 interested companies that would conform a cartel, President Arias is searching for finance among local banks in order to avoid the concession of the Metropolitan Electric Train, and use those resources for the "reactivation of the ferroviarian national system".

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