With an investment of $420,298 million, the national government, through the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI), reactivated 876 kilometers in two rail corridors for commercial use, with which it hopes to connect new points in the country and give a boost to multimodal transport.
Each train has the capacity to replace 13 39-ton tractors and travels at average speeds ranging from 22 to 32 kilometers per hour, so it is estimated an average cost savings of 30%, in addition to other advantages such as lower environmental impact, which translates into competitiveness.
The National Government hopes that in early 2019 a commercial and permanent operation of coffee mobilization, once a week, by the rail corridor between La Dorada in Caldas and the Port of Santa Marta in Magdalena, and from there it will be exported to international markets through the Caribbean Sea.
The announcement was made after the arrival at the port of Santa Marta of a train loaded with 4,000 bags of excellent coffee from the interior of the country, which traveled the 767 kilometers of railroad, completely recovered and rehabilitated by the Ministry of Transport, through the National Infrastructure Agency.
At the moment the different actors of this project are dedicated to review the tariffs, coordinate the logistic processes, adjust times and assure the load, which will allow to make the operation definitive in the short term.
Source: National Infrastructure Agency https://www.ani.gov.co/partir-de-2019-el-transporte-de-cafe-de-exportacion-se-realizara-por-ferrea
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