A Metro System for San José

Three underground railway lines with a large central exchange station is the basic concept for a project valued at $6 billion.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Costa Rican College of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) started work on this project in 2014 and has now submitted it to the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MOPT), in the form of a pre-feasibility study.

The project initially estimates the construction of three lines of 10.8, 10.3 and 8, 2 kilometers respectively, and a cost of $6 billion with a construction time of 10 years.

Opinions coincide as to the technical feasibility of the project, given the advances in the construction of tunnels in any type of soil.   

The main obstacle will be the need to consolidate the political will needed for a project that would involve several government departments in a political context characterized by inoperability and the prevalence of strong interests that have hitherto prevented any attempt to rationalize or optimize the mass transportation system in the Costa Rican capital.

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