Category: Travel

Tren Urbano (Urban Train)

The Tren Urbano (English: Urban Train), is a 10.7-mile (17.2 km) fully automated rapid transit that serves the metropolitan area of San Juan in Puerto Rico, and has stops in the municipalities of San Juan, Bayamón and Guaynabo. It is electrified by third rail at 750 V DC. The Tren Urbano consists of 16 stations along a single line. The Tren Urbano complements other forms of public transportation on the island such as the public bus system, taxis, water ferries and shuttles. The entire mass transportation system has been dubbed the “Alternativa de Transporte Integrado” (Integrated Transportation Alternative) or...

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Protecting the Caribbean Coral Reefs Is the Fed’s Affair

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 :: Staff infoZine A federal district court has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the law by allowing fishing for depleted parrotfish and other algae-eating reef fish species without properly monitoring the fishery’s impacts on rare corals that depend on healthy fish populations. San Juan, Puerto Rico – The decision came in response to an Endangered Species Act suit filed in January 2012 by Earthjustice on behalf of two conservation groups (CORALations and the Center for Biological Diversity), and Mary Adele Donnelly. Local counsel for Earthjustice on this case was Miguel Sarriera, who...

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National Shipping of America Expands San Juan Service

JOC Staff | Oct 03, 2013   National Shipping of America has expanded its Isla Verde Express service with the addition of a southbound call at Port Everglades in Florida. The expansion provides a connection between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico with a two-day transit time. Previously, the service, which was launched earlier this year, offered a direct route between Houston and San Juan, Puerto Rico, on a fortnightly basis. The port rotation now is Houston, Port Everglades, San Juan and back to Houston. The addition of the Port Everglades call does not impact southbound transit times between...

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Getting Veal Hungry in San Juan, Puerto Rico

By Phil Vettel Confit salmon with quinoa, plantain, herb pesto okra and a pimento vinaigrette served at 1919 restaurant. – MCT photos Ready for some interesting food choices in San Juan? THE island of Puerto Rico offers so many visual treats – gorgeous beaches, rugged hills, beautiful churches and majestic historic forts – that dining just about becomes an afterthought. A chunk of meat or fish, some sides of mofongo (fried mashed plantains) and mamposteao (rice and beans with other goodies), a stiff rum drink and you’re good to go, right? Well, yes, that’ll do nicely much of the...

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Many bridges in Puerto Rico considered risky

By DANICA COTO Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s salty ocean air is corroding dozens of bridges across the U.S. territory, continually weakening the structures and posing a challenge for officials trying to prioritize which ones to repair first. The island has 31 bridges considered fracture critical and structurally deficient, according to a review of federal data by The Associated Press. The fracture critical designation means those bridges have no redundant protection and could collapse if just one vital component fails. Javier Ramos, director of Puerto Rico’s Road Authority, said that while officials are planning to...

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