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Costa Rica launches feasibility study tender for San Jose electric train [free access]

November 10, 2018

Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (INCOFER), the national rail operator of Costa Rica, has completed the pre-feasibility study of an electric train/Tren Eléctrico for the San Jose Gran Área Metropolitana/Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). It has now invited bids to conduct the feasibility study for the project. 


The feasibility study is expected to cost USD1.3 million, of which Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica/Central American Bank for Economic Integration is providing USD1.0 million and INCOFER is providing the remaining USD0.3 million.


The electric train line will replace the existing commuter railway and use the existing right-of-way. The line will span 73 km and cover 42 stations (five elevated).  It is expected to have a frequency of three to five minutes and capacity to carry 250,000 passengers. The estimated cost of the project is USD1.23 billion.