San José expected to announce plans for trolley system today

San José municipal officials will hold a public presentation with French experts today in which all present are expected to call for the construction of a trolley system in the city.

The French experts have been studying the feasibility of the project since last November. Announcements said that Vice President Luis Liberman and representatives from the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles would attend the session along with Mayor Johnny Araya and various government ministers. A French embassy official is expected to be there, too. One firm that would like to build the trolley system is French.

Municipal officials said that 260,000 vehicles and 19,000 buses circulate in the city each weekday, and that a trolley is an option to reduce this traffic.

A Spanish company, Ferrocarriles de Vía Estrecha, has been studying the prospects for an expanded train system that would link high population places in the provinces of Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia and San José surrounding the greater metropolitan area of the capital city.

One focus of the study will be how to integrate the electric train system with other forms of public transportation, such as buses, taxis and the state-of-the-art trolley system.

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