Monorail Metro for Costa Rica

A proposal has been made to build an elevated monorail metro system, which would use three circuits with a 40 kilometers lenght to connect the city from La Sabana to Curridabat.

Friday, July 6, 2018

dir="ltr">The consulting firm Monorrieles de Costa Rica, S.A. presented the project, which consists of developing an integral public transport system in the metropolitan area of Costa Rica, for which they would build an Elevated Monorail Metro, which would function as a collector-disperser transit system.

The project includes a double circuit layout, which circumambulates and connects the city, from La Sabana to Curridabat, also providing the transportation service from North to South. This means that the route would cross the city between East-West and North-South.

Regarding the estimated cost of the project, the only reference provided by Monorrieles de Costa Rica is that the cost of construction per kilometer is $22 million, compared to the cost of construction per kilometer of a metro which is $100 million, as indicated in its presentation. 

According to the document, the monorail would have three circuits: South, 7.8 km, North, 8.5 km and Centro San José, 23.5 km. 

A statement issued by Monorrieles de Costa Rica outlines that " ... the elevated monorail uses highly efficient self-rechargeable friction batteries, which avoids the need to install elevated electric cables, as is required for electric trains. It has more than three times the climbing capacity compared to traditional trains, and a tighter turning radius, allowing easier integration with the needs of the city."

In relation to the construction of the infrastructure to put this transport method into operation, the document explains that " ... the construction process is fast and efficient, using prefabricated and prestressed beams, so that normal traffic is not held up."

This would be another option to the one already proposed by the government, which consists in the construction of a rapid train that communicates Alajuela with Cartago, with which it is hoped that the transport problem that affects the Greater Metropolitan Area would be solved. This project requires a total investment of close to $2 billion, of which $1.3 billion would have to be contributed by a private company, through means of a concession for both its construction and operation. See "$1.3 billion Sought for Fast Train".

See statement and presentation of the project. (In Spanish)

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