The electric train, a much anticipated sustainable form of public transit, promised by the Government, will have five lines of operation. The trains will stop every five to ten minutes at 49 stops during peak hours. The longest wait time during off peak hours will be 30 minutes.
Line 1 will go from the Atlántico station, in the La California neighborhood of San José to Cartago, ending in Paraíso.
Line 2 will go from the Atlántico station through Tibás, Heredia, and San Joaquín de Flores, among other stops.
Line 3 will go from Belén to the station to the Pacific. It’s based on the current route but extended so users can make connections between the different routes available. Stations to be built on this route include Lindora, San Rafael, Parque Viva and Ciruelas.
Ciruelas will be a point where multiple lines connect. From there, one could go to the center of Alajuela or to Coyol, where there are many free zones.
For many, the connections will get them from home to work seamlessly. One could go from Heredia to La Sabana, or Cartago to Santa Ana, or even Alajuela to Lindora, to name a few scenarios.
This project is something we’ve waited over 20 years for. It will positively impact the area of the country that houses 70% of the population. In addition to easier transport, it will provide a boost to the national economy by providing jobs. The electric train will create 1200 jobs during construction and 1,470 direct jobs when in operation. President Carlos Alvarado referred to this as “A time of public investment.”