Expressway Update!


(photo from insidecostarica.com, Jan 28, 2010)

The new San Jose to Caldera highway officially opened yesterday, January 27, to lots of hoopla and protests. Since I wrote my first little flyover post on the new San Jose to Caldera highway, I have come into possession of a little more information that is worth passing on.

Probably the most significant and surprising to me, though maybe it shouldn’t be surprising, is that there will be no buses on the route in the near future. Cars, trucks and taxis are fine, but no buses. When I read the headline, I scratched my head (figuratively) wondering what it was about buses that prevented them from using the new highway. The answer should have been obvious to someone who has lived in the country for five years: the GOVERNMENT. Doh!

It seems that the Council of Public Transport has not authorized any bus routes using the new highway. According to the big chief there, Marco Vargas, are various companies interested in providing this service but he still needs to talk with them and Javier Vargas (no relation, I’m sure. Nepotism is as rarer than gallo pinto in Costa Rica. That’s what Rodrigo Arias says, and I believe him).

He goes on to say that they have to do a study to determine need and all that sort of stuff. I’m glad they finally realized that buses might want to use this route. And it would be silly to grant permission to, say, the current express buses between San Jose and Jaco or Manuel Antonio. No, let’s not be hasty here. Let’s commission some studies and have some meetings and negotiations. After all, the people at the Council of Public Transport need something to occupy their time. Just what was occupying their time in the 32 years it took to get the highway finished is nothing I can speculate about.

Now, from some of the pictures published, it appears that at least ONE bus, the Orotina to San Jose bus, was allowed on the new highway. I don’t know if this was a special charter, or perhaps the Council of Public Transportation wasn’t advised. Or maybe I misunderstood when they said no routes had been granted. Or who knows?

(photo from insidecostarica.com, Jan 28, 2010)

Lack of public transport on the new highway isn’t any big deal if you have your own car, as I am sure the Vargas guys do. And those buses might slow them down. I hear that there are sections of the highway that are just two lanes. It would be a shame to get stuck behind a bus in your Mercedes.

The protesters had diverse issues. The residents of affluent Santa Ana wanted sidewalks and pedestrian overpasses, and don’t like the fact that they will be forced to pay the toll just to get to local destinations. Others protested the fact that the new highway cut them off from water and power. Picky, picky, picky.

There were ceremonies and protests at the opening. Strangely enough, there were some green and white signs. I’m sure it is only a coincidence that these are the colors of the PLN, the part of the current President, Oscar Arias, and his potential successor, Laura Chinchilla. There have been allegations that the opening of the highway was pushed up to give a boost to Laura Chinchilla’s election bid. People have said that the highway is not truly ready yet, with parts of the road is still missing signaling, bus stop bays, lighting and rail guards. Picky, picky, picky. Let’s give Don Oscar some props here. The sooner the highway is open, the sooner the Council for Public Transportation can begin studies to see if it’s okay to let buses (and those without private cars) to use the new highway.

See you at the beach! (anybody room in their car for one more?)

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Comments

  1. I am sure this will be better than the roads from Limon to Cahuita, talk about POTHOLE CITY! At least hopefully this road willnot have potholes, so BRAVO!

  2. No. Cal. Refugee says:

    It won't have potholes to begin with. After a few years and rainy seasons, we'll see.