The plans include accelerating the rehabilitation of the island's central railroad line from five to three years as well as re-establishing four technological centres in 2011 to train new railway workers. Lusson said that the country is determined to repair its railway, but that it will take "an enormous effort."
According to official figures, the Cuban government spent $US 595 million on rail infrastructure and equipment in 2009 including the procurement of 28 locomotives from Russia; it also purchased 100 locomotives from China in 2008.
Criticism of the network, however, remains extensive with the state media describing it as "destitute" due to its irregular services, over use of equipment, shortage of vehicles, and a lack of trained workers.