Spain will evaluate if commuter train is feasible

The Spanish government will undertake a study that will determine whether the traffic justifies the existence of a train that moves people between the provinces of San José, Cartago, Heredia and Alajuela.

This study will be done through an agreement between the two countries will sign tomorrow in Madrid, the president Laura Chinchilla, and the Spanish Minister of Development, Ana Pastor.

Chinchilla comes to Spain and in addition to signing the memorandum of understanding, will meet with Spanish business in the New Economy Forum to invite them to invest in Costa Rica. Then leave for Cadiz to participate in the Ibero-American Summit.

Communication Minister, Francisco Chacon said that only when it is found that the work makes sense, we will define the characteristics of a loan, grant also Spain, which must be approved by the Legislature, and the type of Spanish company who build and deliver the Costa Rican state.

The Spanish public company Narrow Gauge Railways (LVEF) estimated for four months the duration of the report.

The Ministry of Public Works indicated that this study will cost $ 800,000, an amount that will be donated by Spain. Once concluded, said Chacon, an independent third verify the result.

The planned route would start in downtown Alajuela, would pass through the INVU Las Cañas and Río Segundo, Heredia would enter the district of San Francisco, then Tibás, Atlantic Station in the capital, then Curridabat, Tres Rios and Cartago.