Feasibility of a Subway in Costa Rica

A group of engineers and experts from the construction sector have initiated studies to determine the feasibility of building a Metro in the capital.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The commission will examine the project which is being run by the Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica (CFIA), whose director, Olman Vargas, noted that "... the concept is initially evaluating the construction of a subway carrying passengers from west to east (Pavas-Curridabat) and north-south (Guadalupe-Desamparados). "

Crhoy.com reports that "... The project will be discussed with government authorities, which in turn are contemplating an electric train going from Alajuela to Cartago, meaning that the metro could be constructed in the north-south direction in order for the two not to compete with each other in the case that the electric train project comes to fruition. "

Vargas added that "... In Costa Rica construction of a subway system could be feasible from the point of view of engineering, even though the country is highly seismic. However, this could raise the costs of the project."

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