Costa Rica: Presidential Hopeful Plans to Build Railway
Jose Maria Figueres, a former president with great potential to make a comeback in 2014, has proposed building a high speed light railway within the metropolitan area.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
"During my government, I closed the railroad because I saw it as being 200 years old with narrow lines and it also had a tremendous deficit (as it was we used by only 3% of Costa Ricans). At that time it was not a good investment for the country. We had already sucked all the juice out of it. But today, the same railway line has all the capacity for the creation of a high speed light railway system, between Alajuela and Cartago Paradiso," said former President Jose Maria Figueres, cited by Nacion.com.
The Costa Rican Institute of Railways has announced that it is analyzing the purchase of machinery from abroad in order to set up an electric railway system in the capital.
The feasibility study which determines that the electric train in the greater metropolitan area is viable was carried out by a Spanish company, and paid for by the Spanish government as part of the marketing efforts made by railway companies, also of the same nationality.
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.
With a grant from the Government of Spain, the study to determine the costs of the proposed light rail system will begin.
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