Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Commuter train free on Tuesdays and Thursdays

(INSIDECOSTARICA.COM) - To boost ridership three private companies (television station Repretel, the Banco Nacional and Demasa) have made an agreement with the Costa Rican Railroads Institute (Incofer) to provide free urban train service on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Incofer says that the three companies will absorb the operational costs on those days, but did not offer more details on the agreement.

On November 11, the urban train started charging a fare of ¢300 colones to passengers for a trip from Pavas to the West and San Pedro to the East, this after almost a month of free service, as the Incofer was waiting on the fare approval by the Public Services Regulating Authority (Aresep).

During the period that the train was free of charge, 16.900 people took advantage of the service between September 10 and October 30. When Incofer began charging, use of the train dropped dramatically in the first few days, but has slowly begun to grow.

Incofer has also been working on improving the train stops, including building new ones like the stop at La Sabana. Infocer president, Miguel Carabaguiaz, recognized that they have fallen behind on the train stops in between the station points, but shortly that will be history.
(Photo: Allen Campos/AlDia)

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