Rail agency head reported to have resigned abruptly

Casa Presidencial announced the resignation of Guillermo Santana as head of the state rail lines in an unusual Sunday night news release. The release said that Santana was leaving today for personal reasons and that more explanations will be given.

The resignation as head of the  Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles was totally unexpected because the agency is about to embark on a major renovation, thanks to an action by the legislature June 28 that will let it borrow more than $400 million.

The project includes the electrification of the lines.

In the release, President Luis Guillermo Solís

expressed his satisfaction with the job the man had done in his stay at head of the agency since August 2014. However, there have been problems.

Two trains collided head-on in what clearly was breakdown communication. And there have been more then 50 vehicle-train mishaps already this year at unguarded crossings. The rail agency has been quick to blame drivers.

And passengers have been complaining about overcrowded conditions.

There also was a report that Santana, a professor at the Universidad de Costa Rica, was going to lose his leave.

And there have been reports of differences with higher officials.

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