Boom barriers were installed in 74 of the 91 railroad crossings from Heredia to Cartago. These are meant to block vehicles and pedestrians from crossing the train tracks as a train approaches. In less than three months since going into operation, drivers and vandals have damaged 56 of the 74 devices.
Deputies have approved in the first debate reform to the Traffic Law several fines. Drivers who disrespect the stop sign at the train line or injure the barriers would be fined up to ¢215,000. They will also have up to six points added to their licenses.
There are sanctions for anyone who ignores the stop signs, crashes, obstructs the right of way or damages the warning and prevention systems. The initiative seeks to both ease transportation and create a culture of coexistence with the train as we prepare for electric trains.