Every Candidates Wants to Reactivate Railroads

All of the Costa Rican presidential candidates agree that there is an urgent need to modernize public transport by reactivating intercity railways.

Friday, October 25, 2013

This is one of the proposals which tally across all the candidates for the presidency, to improve the country's road infrastructure. They "... agree on the need to modernize public transport, by strengthening the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer), the bus transport system and the national road network."

"We will be submitting the project which will make rail and tram systems viable. The Incofer has managed to incorporate a streetcar project along with the modernization of railways," said Johnny Araya, liberationist candidate.

"Look at what the PLN did with the Incofer: railways closed down, there was a delay of more than 10 years in railway infrastructure which affected the transport of passengers and cargo," said the candidate of the Frente Amplio, José María Villalta. The candidate says that the priority is to enable electric trains to run because it is a pending issue in the country.

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The main political parties running in the upcoming presidential and legislative election point to the need for tax reform.

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