Lawmakers OK land transfer for new train station in Alajuela

A section of the legislature approved the transfer of land from state ownership to that of the Municipalidad de Alajuela. The $7 million tract will be the site for a new rail station.

The locationn is between Juan Santamaría airport and an area known as Bajo Cañas. Municipal officials are planning an elaborate station that also will serve as a terminal for buses.

The final approval came from what is known as the Comisión
Plena Segunda, which is a subdivison of the full assembly that has complete authority to approve measures that are not highly controversial.

The action Wednesday improved the possibility that Alajuela will get train service next year. At the very least, work will begin on the tracks by then.

The Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles is gradually expanding the valley train line to the east and the west. Passengers will be able to ride from Alajuela to Cartago.

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