Car pool, traffic director tells drivers

The government’s proposal to reduce the gigantic traffic jams at the entrance to Heredia Centro is for motorists to car pool.

Construction on the route from the Jardines del Recuerdo and La Pozuelo has created jams of epic proportions. Even without construction, the route was a mess particularly in peak hours.

Mario Calderón, director of the Policía de Tránsito, is urging motorists to double or triple up. He said that no one really wants to sacrifice their comfort and travel in car pools or on buses.

Since 2012 motorists have been prohibited from bringing their vehicle into the heart of San José for one day every week. The day depends on the last number of the license plate.

Calderón said that those who have five or more passengers in a vehicle, including the driver, are not bound by this rule between 6 and 8 a.m. and 4 to 7:30 p.m. He suggested this is an added incentive for forming a car pool.

Traffic is heavy all over the metro area at peak hours. Traffic police have yellow boxes painted at key intersections to avoid vehicles blocking intersections when they were caught in a jam. However, police seem to ignore these boxes now, and some of the principal violators are buses that block perpendicular avenues.

In addition, many motorists have complained of individuals parking their cars in traffic lanes while they shop or do errands. Delivery vehicles are main offenders, but so are motorists who have the need to duck into nearby automatic tellers on main avenues. So far there does not seem to be any enforcement of no parking zones marked by curbs painted yellow.

Officials promise improvements when the link to Heredia is wider.

Officials promise improvements when the link to Heredia is wider.

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