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 “ATI”. Tren...

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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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