• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Bike Path, Train Dreams Drifting Off Course

December 8, 2006

The long-proposed commuter train between San José and Heredia, about 10 kilometers north of the capital, looks uncertain, as no eligible company bid on the operating concession and the Costa Rican Railroad Institute (INCOFER) doesn’t have the money, the daily La Nación reported.

The train is one of two projects facing uncertainty, despite an offer of $3.8 million from the European Union to fund these and other elements of the “Urban Recovery Project” for the improvement of San José.

The other project, a bike path between the downtown Pacific Train Station and Freses de Curridabat, east of San José, was also discarded this week because of lack of bids from builders, as well as insurance problems.

INCOFER planned to use approximately $788,000 in European funds to reactivate train service to Heredia (TT, Dec. 1). To get the money, however, the state institution must come up with matching funds by the end to the year.

INCOFER’s president,Miguel Carabaguíaz, couldn’t be reached for comment by press time, but his secretary told The Tico Times the month-long solicitation period for private concessionaires closed at the end of November without eligible participants.

INCOFER still hopes to secure the European Union funds and complete the project, though it might take longer than planned, Carabaguíaz’s office said. Previous projections put the opening date in March of 2007.

According to La Nación, Housing Minister Fernando Zumbado said he would ask the European Union not to cancel its donation for the railroad project.

Eduardo Brenes, director of the Metropolitan Area Regional and Urban Program (PRUGAM) – the organization overseeing the bike path effort – told the daily only one construction company has bid for the contract, with a budget that exceeds the program’s parameters.

In addition, INCOFER, which owns the rail lines parallel to which the bike path was to be built, has demanded that an insurance policy protect the cyclists, but the National Insurance Institute (INS) offers no such policy.

 

You may be interested

IMF approves $1.8 billion loan for Costa Rica
Costa Rica
1351 views
Costa Rica
1351 views

IMF approves $1.8 billion loan for Costa Rica

The Tico Times - March 1, 2021

The IMF approved a 36-month credit agreement for $1.778 billion dollars with Costa Rica, the entity reported Monday, which immediately…

Immigration to headline talks between Biden, Lopez Obrador
Guatemala
1037 views
Guatemala
1037 views

Immigration to headline talks between Biden, Lopez Obrador

AFP - March 1, 2021

The flow of migrants and trade, legal and illegal, across the US-Mexican border will be the focus Monday when President…

Costa Rica has administered nearly 150,000 vaccine doses
Costa Rica
16385 views
Costa Rica
16385 views

Costa Rica has administered nearly 150,000 vaccine doses

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 1, 2021

Costa Rica has administered 149,812 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the Presidency said Monday. The nearly 150,000 jabs mean…