Panama City's New Metro Train System To Be Ready in 3.5 Years

La Estrella. Panama's Minister of Public Works, Federico Suarez, said today that despite the skepticism surrounding the project, all of the conditions are ripe for the new Metro mass transportation system to be ready in the time stipulated, within three and a half years. Suarez, who gave his remarks during an interview on RPC television, said the government was considering possible setbacks, mainly due to the weather, but for now it appears they can accomplish their goal of having an integrated mass transportation system with the new Metro and Metrobus, in three and a half years. "The companies interested in building the Metro so far have said that three and a half years is a good period of time in which to accomplish the project," said Suarez, who also explained that 14 kilometer long route, which will have a cost of between $1 billion to $1.5 billion dollars, and perhaps less than $100 million per kilometer. "We have an exact base number, but we can not make that number public because it would compromise the bidding," he said.

The first line of the new Panama City Metro system will be a system of trains that will cover the route from the National Transportation Terminal at Albrook to Los Andes in San Miguelito, with trains running in both directions. Parts of the system will be underground, and on other parts of the route trains will run on elevated tracks. The underground section will go from Albrook to the intersection of Vía Fernández de Córdoba with Vía Transístmica (in front of the Plaza Ágora), passing by the Plaza 5 de Mayo, Ave. Justo Arosemena and Vía España, while the part that will be elevated will run for all of Vía Transístmica until Los Andes