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Drivers and riders who use the exclusive bus lanes will receive a fine of approximately $86.
- Ministry of Public Transportation photo -

Published Wednesday, May 5, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Public Transportation is in the process of opening 3 miles (about 4.95 kilometers) of exclusive bus lanes in downtown San José.

The goal is to provide a more fluid flow of public transportation by motivating people to use the bus, the ministry said in its statement.

The use of the lanes is exclusive for buses during the busiest hours on weekdays, from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and then, from 3 p.m. at 7 p.m.  On weekends the exclusivity does not apply, so the road is open for any driver.

Drivers and riders who use the exclusive bus lanes will receive a fine of approximately $86.

The first bus lane was enabled on the route from the Plaza González Víquez district to the Y-Griega traffic circle. This route cost about $9,300 for a distance of 0.6 miles (about 950 meters) of bus lanes in both directions. With the opening of these lanes, more than 89,000 people take the bus daily, traveling between the cantons of Desamparados, San Francisco de Dos Ríos, Aserrí, Acosta and ​​Los Santos and San José city.

The second route starts from the same district but toward Curridabat Canton costing about $29,400 for enabling a distance of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers). In this area, 25,800 people take daily the buses between the cantons of Zapote, Curridabat, Tres Ríos, Cartago Province and San José city.

These are the first exclusive bus lanes to be completed this year, but more lines will be enabled. "To continue with the works of new exclusive bus lanes, we plan this year to put into operation more segments on Route 1, known as the General Cañas highway, among others," José Antonio Vives, representative of the Ministry said.

Currently, in the San José city, there are 16 exclusive bus lane zones, covering 36 miles (about 58 kilometers), the ministry said.

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