Curridabat, Costa Rica (Photo: Ll1324/Wikimeduia Commons).

COSTA RICA: President Laura Chinchilla ratified an agreement with Spanish Development Minister Ana Pastor in Madrid on November 15, which will see the two countries working together to develop the rail network serving the Costa Rican capital San José.

Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Spanish companies would be involved in the rehabilitation of railway infrastructure, supply of rolling stock and operations and maintenance, as well as providing training. The Ministry of Development has also agreed to help seek finance for the project.

A framework agreement to relaunch commuter services has already been signed by RENFE, FEVE and Costa Rican railway administration Incofer. FEVE has signed three contracts to supply rolling stock and technical assistance to Incofer.