Trinidad Rapid Railway

The Trinidad Rapid Railway is a proposed passenger railway system in Trinidad and Tobago.


Example of a double decker passenger car, proposed to be used for Trinidad Rapid Railway

On 11 April 2008, the TriniTrain consortium of Alstom Transport SA, Alstom T&T Ltd, Bouygues Construction and RATP Développement announced it had been selected by the government to plan and build two new passenger railway lines in Trinidad.[1] WSP was advising the government on the routes.[2]

In a meeting with then Prime Minister Patrick Manning on 28 April 2009, Minister of Works & Transport, Colm Imbert said construction of the Trinidad Rapid Railway would commence in mid-2010, with the first train rolling out of the capital city approximately 36 to 39 months later[3] as detailed by the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO).[4]

In September 2010, the project was scrapped.[5][6]

In 2015, Under the Administration of the new Prime Minister, Dr. Rowley, the project was reinitiated.[7] However, in 2016, the project was scrapped again due to falling oil prices affecting the economy of Trinidad and Tobago.[8]


The lines were planned to be constructed simultaneously in five sections, Westmoorings through Port of Spain to St Augustine, St Augustine to Arima, and Arima to Sangre Grande, Port of Spain to Chaguanas, and Chaguanas to San Fernando.[3]

Consultants hired by the government investigated the alternative of taking the railway underground because of the expense of the acquisition of land, building elevated platforms and the congestion at the interchange taking traffic in and out of the capital.[9]

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  1. ^ "Trinidad rapid rail consortium confirmed". Railway Gazette International. 2008-04-11. Archived from the original on 2011-06-16.
  2. ^ "WSP appointed Trinidad rail project manager". Railway Gazette International. 2008-08-12. Archived from the original on 2012-05-27.
  3. ^ a b "Interchange to open on Friday". Trinidad and Tobago Express. 2009-04-28. Archived from the original on 2009-05-02.
  4. ^ "Trinidad Rapid Rail System". Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
  5. ^ "News in Brief". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  6. ^ "Alutrint, rapid rail projects scrapped". The Trinidad Guardian. 2010-11-15. Archived from the original on 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  7. ^ "Hinds: Too many cars on the road, rapid rail can help". Trinidad Express Newspapers. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  8. ^ "Govt to dispose of Clico assets". The Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday. 2016-04-10. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  9. ^ "Rapid Rail may go underground". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. 2009-02-12.