Rail transport in the Dominican Republic

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Rail map of 1925
Juan Pablo Duarte station of Santo Domingo Metro
A couple of Alstom Metropolis 9000 Series used for Santo Domingo Metro
Trackage for the Central Romana sugarcane railroad. This line goes to the Zona Franca.

Rail transport in the Dominican Republic is provided by one state-owned operator and several private ones, mainly for sugar mills. There are no connections with the neighbouring Haiti.


The first line, connecting Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata through Santiago de los Caballeros, was opened in 1877.[1]


National railways[edit]

The network consists of several lines, for freight and passenger transport, using several gauges. Due to the closure of some of them, during the 20th Century, the network has been partly reduced to a series of scattered branches, mainly concentrated around the cities of San Pedro de Macorís and La Romana.

The list below shows an overview about the original network:

  • Central Romana Railroad was established in 1911 in the sugarcane fields. The total length of the line is 757 km (470 mi), 375 km (233 mi) being the 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge.
  • The Dominican Republic Government Railway is a 142 km (88 mi) 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow gauge railway.
  • There are 240 km (149 mi) operated by other sugarcane companies in various gauges: 557 mm (21 1516 in), 762 mm (2 ft 6 in), 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauges (1995).

Urban railways[edit]

The first rapid transit system opened in the state, inaugurated at the end of 2008, is a metro network serving the capital Santo Domingo. It consists of two lines for a total length of 27.4 km, with planned expansion.[2][3][4] A light rail system has been planned for Santiago de los Caballeros, the second Dominican city.[5][6]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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