By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Buy more trains in the next 12 months and increase the speed and frequency of the services are the two main and most immediate objectives for the president of the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles.
Her name is Elizabeth Briceño, and she is an experienced project manager and economist whose main interest is to leave the government with at least 10 trains already purchased and in process of manufacturing.
She considers that will boost the success of train transportation in the country as a viable alternative to cars and buses, which produce serious traffic problems particularly in the greater metropolitan area consisting of the capital and surrounding communities.
According to Ms. Briceño, the Ministry of Planning already has the required feasibility studies that should allow her to increase the amount of units and distribute times and frequencies in a way so that people will do their travels a lot faster than now.
To pursue these goals, Ms. Briceño mentioned that she is already working with a technical commission at the Instituto, which will analyze today’s challenges and trends when it comes to transportation. This commission meets weekly at Casa Presidencial.
“I got to be honest and say I’ve found a lot of enthusiasm to turn the projects into reality,” she said in a statement issued by the railroad institute. “I’ve gotten a lot of support from the workers who see me as one of them.”