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French company studies the construction of a tramcar in Costa Rica
November 07, 2011

SYSTRA is the company in charge of studying the building of a tramcar in San Jose, who received support from the French Embassy and the Township of San Jose.


The tramcar was the first public and urban transportation that ever existed in Costa Rica, being the engine of the locations it visited. It started being used on August 18th, 1901.

Thanks to its existence, all the personal and commercial activities of the villagers of San Jose at the time were covered in a very efficient way.

Many relationships and marriages were consummated thanks to the use of this transportation, because lots of young people used it frequently.

After 50 years, the electric tramcar may mobilize again thousands of Costa Ricans, thanks to the study carried out by the French company SYSTRA, agreement approved by the French Embassy along with the Township of San Jose on November 3rd, 2011.

Installing a tramcar that crosses the city of San Jose from west to east also including the province of Heredia, 14 km north from the capital, would allow the daily transportation of 220.000 people, according to the National Concession Board.

The tramcar would also reduce the circulation of vehicles throughout the Great Metropolitan Area, which is composed by the provinces of Alajuela, Heredia, San Jose and Cartago, where 70% of the national fleet is concentrated with around one million vehicles.

The capital’s mayor, Johnny Araya, informed that the study of the project is starting with an investment of $650.000 donated by the French Embassy, according to information taken from Ansalatina.com.

To improve the communication between France and Costa Rica is one of the main motivations to carry out the project.

The result of the study is expected to be approved on March, so that the building of the tramcar starts in late 2012.

 
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