Transport in the Dominican Republic

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Transport in the Dominican Republic utilizes a system of roads, airports, ports, harbours, and an urban railway.

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Dominican Republic transportation, Santo Domingo city metro

Roadways

Five main highways (DR-1, DR-2, DR-3, DR-4, DR-5) connect the Dominican Republic's biggest cities and tourist centers; they are in good condition. There are nearly 19,705 km (12,244 mi) of highways and roads, 9,872 being paved and 9,833 km (6,110 mi) (2002 est.) unpaved. Like any underdeveloped nation, the Dominican Republic suffers from a lack of good paved roads to connect smaller towns and less populated areas, though work on paving them proceeds; major town roads are kept in good condition.

Public transportation

Mass transit

The Santo Domingo Metro is the first mass transit system in the country, and the second among Caribbean & Central American nations. It is the most extensive metro system in the region by length and total number of stations. On February 27, 2008, the incumbent president Leonel Fernández test-rode the system for the first time, and thereafter free service was offered several times. Commercial service began on January 30, 2009. Several additional lines are currently planned.

Santiago Light Rail is a planned light rail system, still at the development stage, in the Dominican Republic's second-largest city Santiago de los Caballeros; its construction was once slated to begin in mid-2008 but is currently on hold, due to lack of approval and of central government funds.

Buses

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Dominican Republic buses

The Dominican Republic has a bus system that is rather reliable, and most of these public transportation vehicles are fairly comfortable. The fare is generally inexpensive, and there are bus terminals and stops in most of the island's major cities.

Public Cars (Carros Públicos)

The Public Cars ( Carros Públicos–Conchos) are privately owned passenger cars that transit a specific route daily and passengers pay a certain fee with the convenience of stopping anywhere. This comprises one of the main ways of transportation inside the capital city of Santo Domingo, as well as other major cities. This system, though, is not very reliable and lacks discipline. The high number of public cars that travel the roads, and the fact that they do not lend themselves to regulation or central control, causes frequent transit problems among city roads. They may also be somewhat uncomfortable, since they try to fit as many people as possible inside them. As a standard, a four-person sedan (driver included) usually carries six passengers, twice the amount for which they were designed.

Railways

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Rail map as of 1925

Rail operations are provided by one state-owned operator and several private operators (mainly for sugar mills):

Ports and harbors

Major ports and harbours in the Dominican Republic:

Ports

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Don diego terminal.

The following six local ports are a single pier with berth facility:

A local ferry service runs daily between the Samaná and Sabana del Mar ports.

Merchant marine

Entering the ports

Boaters and sailors who wish to dock in any of the Dominican Republic's ports must follow certain entry requirements:

Airports

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Boeing 737-800 at Cibao International Airport in Santiago de los Caballeros

In 2009, there were seven major and 31 minor airports in the Dominican Republic. The major ones were:

Airports - with paved runways

Airports - with unpaved runways

National airlines

Flights

There are direct flights to and from the Dominican Republic from the United States, Cuba, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Europe and the Caribbean.

See also

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Rail transport in the Dominican Republic

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.

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Tourism in the Dominican Republic

Tourism in the Dominican Republic is an important sector of the country's economy. More than 6 million tourists visit the Dominican Republic, making it the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean and putting it in the top 5 overall in the Americas. The industry accounts for 11.6% of the nation's GDP and is a particularly important source of revenue in coastal areas of the country. The nation's tropical climate, white sand beaches, diverse mountainous landscape and colonial history attracts visitors from around the world.

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