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Train to Cartago to begin offering service in March

January 29, 2013

The train route from San José to the province of Cartago is one kilometer from being finished, and service is expected to start in March.

Train service was scheduled to begin in February, but a damaged pipeline last November caused a section of the railroad at Ochomogo to collapse and forced the Costa Rican Railroad Institute (INCOFER) to stop construction for a month.

The train route will have four stops at stations in Cipreses and Freses in Curridabat (east of San José), one in Tres Ríos (west of Cartago) and one in downtown Cartago.

The last station is 95 percent ready and awaits installation of the final kilometer of railroad. INCOFER bought six Apollo trains from Spain that will arrive in the country in coming days.

The train route to Cartago will be reopened 16 years after it was closed by the government. The 23-km route connecting the eastern province with the capital follows the same route as a previous road built 132 years ago.

The estimated fare will cost ₡560-580 ($1.10-$1.15).

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