Spanish-Costa Rican consortium proposed reactivation of cargo train

The Hispanic-Costa Rican Logistics Group presented a proposal today to the government to restart the cargo train service from the different ports to the Central Valley.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The goal is to have Costa Rica transport at least 50% of its cargo by rail in order to reduce the number of trucks on the highways.
The existence of right of way on most of the routes, the considerable amount of cargo that is transferred and the few alternatives for transporting merchandise is what attracted the Spanish, Guillermo Matamoros, Vice-Minister of Concessions, confirmed.

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With $40 million from the state insurer, the Costa Rican Railway Institute could bring back into issue the railway line from Río Frío de Sarapiquí to the port of Limón.

Although the efficiency in the planning and execution of projects is not something that Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles is famous for, the initiative to restore the railroad and reimplement the container transport service from the port of Limón to Río Frio could, if it finally materializes, help improve the damaged reputation of the state run railway company.

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Proposals for Freight Train in Guatemala

January 2014

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Standard or Narrow Gauge

January 2010

In Costa Rica, authorities debate the future of passenger and cargo rail systems.

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