The government is seeking options to materialize in Spain a passenger train between Cartago and Alajuela. In a press statement, Presidential House confirmed that Vice President Luis Liberman met yesterday in Spain with Julio Gómez-Pomar, president of National Network of Spanish Railways (RENFE).
The Spanish firm “definitive expressed interest to participate in the construction of the project,” said the statement.
According to the Presidency, the technical and financial studies of the train between Alajuela and Cartago will be ready before the end of the year. These will be done by Ineco (Engineering and Transport Economics).
Carabaguíaz Miguel, president of the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer), and who also participated in the meeting, confirmed from Madrid that studies include the amount of the investment, eventual tariff model, passenger volume and estimated time for payback.
In another meeting, Liberman spoke with the Minister of Development, Ana Pastor, “who confirmed that the Government of Spain is willing to carry out the construction and equipment of the railway as a project that provides a long-term loan to our country to finance “.
This railway line is part of the project to interconnect Incofer Heredia, Cartago, San José and Alajuela.