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Will a $220 Million Dollar Tram Project Solve San Jose’s Traffic Problems?

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San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, is a congested city. The government says in order to alleviate the traffic problem it will need an investment of $220 million for a city wide tram project. But funding is scare in the country and outside sources will need to be secured to make the tram project a reality.

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Tram Project Depends on $ 220 million

The ability to circulate a tram through the streets of San Jose up to the government to get at least $ 220 million (about ¢ 111,100 million).

That’s the amount of money needed to run that put public transport between Demasa in Pavas, and Atlantic Railroad Station in downtown San Jose.

If the authorities manage to collect those funds, or find a country or company willing to invest, may place the rails on the 10 kilometers of the journey, including streets in La Sabana, the Paseo Colon and avenues second and third.

They can also buy the cars and lift stations addressing, among other works.

For maintenance service needed $ 9 million (¢ 4.545 million) per year, but that would be financed with the fee, which would be of ¢ 300 per trip.

The City of San Jose, who is behind this project, announced yesterday the feasibility study prepared by the French company Systra.

This analysis was $ 700,000 (¢ 354 million) and paid the Government of France.

Besides defining economic investment, the study shows that the tram takes 30 minutes on the course, and make 18 stops, one every 500 meters.

The goal is for daily use by 150,000 people, and peaking demand is up to 13,000 passengers, Fabian said Hinojosa, head of the project.

The proposed schedule for the service is provided is from 5 am to 12 midnight, with a frequency of 5 minutes and 30 seconds at times when there are more passengers, and every 10 minutes the rest of the day.

To cope, the country must have at least 14 trains.

“The project is designed with all the public transport network, with train and intercity buses,” said Hinojosa.

Analysis. The task of finding funding for the tram to pass back through the streets josefinas was left of the second vice-president, Luis Liberman.

The best way, says Liberman, is to ensure that the project becomes turnkey.

At the same time, he stressed that there could be in administration, like the Juan Santamaria International Airport, although profits tram could be insufficient to support this figure.

However, the vice president would like to clarify some questions, such as who would bear the maintenance costs if not that many passengers as it considers the feasibility study.

“For Christmas or January we will have a decision on this project,” said Liberman.

The successful financing, it takes two years to get to operate this type of train.

However, this term must be added the time required for the design of the work and get the money. This could take another two years.

Urgent. Meanwhile, Johnny Araya, Mayor of San Jose, see tram operation key to improve the roads of the capital.

“The project has many benefits: improved mobility in the city, is a renovation project of public space, helps promote San Jose as a destination and will be a stimulus for restocking,” said Araya.

The city of San Jose took a tram for 51 years between 9 April 1899 and 1. ° August 1950. The idea that work again round since 1996, to the point that this is the third feasibility study is done.

Moreover, Carabaguíaz Miguel, CEO of Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer), not seen in the tram to the train competition.

He said that although this means of transportation to work in San Jose, the Incofer continue to provide service between Pavas and stations in the Pacific and the Atlantic.

Carabaguíaz stressed that the difference is that the trolley will make stops closer together, while the train are farther apart.

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