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: Feasibility of Metropolitan Electric Train

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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.

According to the Spanish firm Ineco, a global consultant on transport engineering, the construction of an electric railway connecting the cities of Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago and San José, is viable.

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.

Umpteenth Train Project in Costa Rica

December 2014

Each new government brings with it a new railway project with new fundraising for further new feasibility studies and new promises of international tenders.

The new plan by the new president of the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) requires "... at least $600 million to cover about 100 kilometers of track, which includes the route up to Alajuela."

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