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LatinNews Daily - 17 December 2020

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In brief: Costa Rica announces shipment of trains from China

* Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado has confirmed the first shipment of four trains purchased from Chinese firm CRRC Quingdao Sifang. According to a government press release, a further four trains will arrive in January, and all eight are expected to begin operating across the Greater Metropolitan Area of San José (GAM) in the first quarter of 2021. Elizabeth Briceño, the president of Costa Rica’s railway institute (Incofer), claimed that with “the arrival of these eight new trains, the process of railway modernisation begins”. Each of the trains are 38m long, with capacity for 372 passengers, and are powered by on-board diesel engines - which the government says will cause 90% less pollution than the current trains.