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

During a lecture in San Jose, the former President Figueres called to develop a new economy with adequate environmental protection.

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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: Light Railway Feasibility Study Begins

November 2011

With a grant from the Government of Spain, the study to determine the costs of the proposed light rail system will begin.

The project involves the construction and operation of an electric train covering a distance of 75 kilometers, linking Cartago, San José, Heredia and Alajuela.

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.

Funding Saught for Train in Costa Rica

June 2011

Although a clear political will is still lacking, a commuter train to the Costa Rican capital is being seen as an imperative and most likely an excellent business venture.

The new project being studied by the ministry of public works and transport would cost $250 million ($100 million less than that proposed by the previous administration of Karla Gonzáelz).

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