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Danger at Samara Intersection
Bus Stop Locations Create Hazard for Drivers and Pedestrians

By Arianna McKinney

If someone isn't paying attention and using the proper caution, an accident could easily occur at the main intersection entering Samara, especially when buses are present, reducing visibility of oncoming traffic.

"This is dangerous," affirmed Public Force officer Rafael Castillo Sandi, especially when people don't take the time to look both ways before turning or crossing the intersection, although no major accident has happened up until now.

The bus companies, Alfaro and TRAROC, are aware of the potential dangers but so far an alternative location to load and unload the buses has not been identified.

TRAROC's buses travel through Samara en route to and from Nicoya and Carrillo 12 times per day. TRAROC's administrator, Yorleny Gutierrez Arias, said the company is requesting an observational study of their bus stops from the Council of Public Transportation (CTP-Consejo de Transporte Publico).


Traffic backs up behind a TRAROC bus stopped in front of the Alfaro office
along the main road through Samara in route to Carrillo.

Cars turn right around a bus stopped at the corner of the main intersection in
Samara although it is hard to see if cars are coming from the other direction.

Gutierrez related that some of TRAROC's drivers have reported cars passing the buses when the buses are collecting people, endangering the people in the bus, the people waiting as well as the people coming in the car. Some of the drivers have tried stopping the bus before or after the bus stop to minimize the danger, but the people who ride the bus complain when they don't stop exactly where the bus stop is located. "There is a lack of knowledge about the law or the danger," she lamented regarding the bad location of the bus stops. "People don't really know the danger that exists. The current bus stops are too dangerous."

She indicated that buses should not stop where there is a curve or where the car behind them doesn't have visibility.

Ramón Angulo Angulo, in charge of the regional CTP office for Guanacaste, stated that the buses must stop where the bus stops authorized by the CTP are located. He added that a study must be performed to see where it is feasible to locate a bus stop and he promised to be in touch with TRAROC about the issue.

On the other hand, Alfaro's buses run once or twice a day to and from San Jose, stopping in front of the Alfaro office to load and unload passengers and packages.

"There has never been an accident," commented Lidieth Lopez Fajardo, who works in Super San Rafael, next to where the buses stop. "Alfaro stops here but it's once a day. It's not a problem. At this hour the traffic is very slow."

Emilce Ramirez Steller, who oversees the Alfaro depot in Samara, indicated that about a year ago Alfaro installed a little ramp to load when the buses come from Carrillo, but when the buses go toward Carrillo they stop in the road directly in front of the office. "Neither there nor here is correct, but we don't have another place," she said.

Ramirez observed that when a lot of cars are coming and going while the bus is there, it sometimes creates some small problems, but in general they haven't received complaints. "The people are very laid back," she noted.


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