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Railways in the

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic, which forms the eastern part of the island of Hispaniola, should not be confused with the island Commonwealth of Dominica.

Santo Domingo Metro
A train on line 2 of the Santo Domingo metro crosses the bridge over the Rio Ozama, heading towards Concepción Bona

The first railways in the Dominican Republic emerged in the early 20th century, serving the sugar cane industry. Several disconnected networks arose, using a variety of gauges. There was no rail connection with neighbouring Haïti.

Several groups of sugar cane railways remain in operation: narrow gauge networks centred on Barahona and San Pedro de Macoris, and a 350km standard gauge network centred on la Romana.

The capital, Santo Domingo, has a two line light rail Metro, the first section of which opened in 2008. It is built to standard (1435mm) gauge.

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