Rail job goes to ex-highway official

A civil engineer who actually has academic experience in running a railroad has been named to do the job here. He is Cristian Vargas, who formerly was involved with highway and bridge maintenance in the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad.

The 60-year-old Vargas was quoted as saying that he would continue projects vital to the agency, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles. These include improvement of the equipment and increasing the frequency of the trains.

The valley line had another mishap Tuesday on a day when a taxi strike made many persons ride the rails. There was a minor derailment that did not seem to have a clear cause.

Casa Presidencial said that the man has had post graduate courses in railway engineering in Argentina. His title is executive president. The rail agency just got approval from the legislature to borrow up to $400 million for improvements.

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