SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – September 23rd, 2012 – The Costa Rican government is adding to its budget some $8 million USD to get the train route from Heredia to Alajuela running again.
The President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, stated that the funds for the new train have already been included in the 2013 budget.
Roberto Thomson, mayor of Alajuela, also said that work on topographical studies and evaluation of the current railroad have already begun, and that the municipality will be in charge of building the terminal which will be home to the train.
The train is part of the National Public Transportation Plan, which also includes the train to Cartago, which derailed this month while carrying the President.
The government believes the trains will relieve a large amount of congestion in the central valley. The government says that 47% of the traffic jams in the western part of the city are caused by commuters from Alajuela, whereas 57% of traffic jams in the east side of San Jose are caused by people coming to and from Cartago.
The mayor of Alajuela expects the train to be ready by the end of 2013.