The European Union (EU) will support Costa Rica with 5.1 million euros (about 5.6 million dollars) for the development of projects in 15 municipalities for which the intercity electric train is expected to travel, sources said Wednesday officers.
The EU ambassador to Costa Rica, Pelayo Castro, announced that the municipal development project was one of the winners of a global call made by the EU to reward initiatives related to sustainable cities.
"We are here because Costa Ruca and the European Union are moved by the same values and aspirations and we face the same challenges. Mobility and transport are strategic for both of us and a bridge in our relationship," Castro said.
The ambassador stressed that mobility and connectivity "are not just a matter of facilitating people's lives, prosperity, health and well-being, it is something even more important, it is a matter of peace."
The money from the EU will be invested in 15 municipalities of the so-called Greater Metropolitan Area of Costa Rica in projects related to the strengthening of urban governance, the creation of an urban development plan oriented to transport and improvements in complementary infrastructure linked to the train .
The intercity passenger electric train will be put into international tender in the second half of 2020, the date by which the socio-environmental, technical feasibility, financial and concession contract model studies will be ready, according to the Government's schedule.
The 73-kilometer project will link the cities of San José, Cartago, Heredia and Alajuela, the most populous in the country, through a service with frequencies between 3 and 5 minutes, will have 42 stations and 11 connection nodes with routes bus.
The train will be 100 percent electric and bidirectional with one rail per direction and will require an investment of 1,235 million dollars, a preliminary calculation that should be refined at the feasibility study stage.
The project will travel through 15 municipalities and aims to be a solution to the problems of public transport and road congestion facing the Greater Metropolitan Area.
The first lady, the architect Claudia Dobles, who is the leader of the project, congratulated the mayors and the Government team for the joint work they are carrying out to develop the initiative and that allowed to obtain EU resources.
"Today is a day we must celebrate. Costa Rica won against more than 250 proposals from other countries thanks to the union of wills and synergies," said Doubles.
The Government of President Alvarado has issued a series of decrees and guidelines that join a law that seek to boost both public and private electric transport in Costa Rica, a country that produces 98 percent of its electricity from clean sources.
The train is part of the National Decarbonization Plan presented by Alvarado in previous February and that seeks that Costa Rica has stopped using fossil fuels in the year 2050.
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