HISTORY OF THE PANAMA METRO
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The Panama Metro (Spanish: Metro de Panamá) is a rapid transit system in Panama City, Panama, which links the north and east sides of the metropolitan area to the city center. It was inaugurated on April 5, 2014, and entered revenue service two weeks later.
It was built to relieve the traffic congestion between the city and San Miguelito District, and to offer commuters a viable alternative to road transport, as the Metrobus transport system is suffering multiple issues.
The Metro operates seven days a week and 365 days a year: Monday-Friday 05:00–23:00, Saturday 05:00–22:00 and on Sunday and holidays 07:00–22:00.
The Panama Metro is part of a major "National Master Plan" to improve transportation in Panama City and the west side of the country, which includes the construction of three more metro lines and a light rail line. It consists of two lines. The 15.8-kilometer (9.8 mi) line one, serves fourteen stations, with a fifteenth station planned. Line two, opened partially and temporarily on January 14 to 17, 2019 for the week of the World Youth Day and completely on April 24 of the same year, covers a 21-kilometer (13 mi) route and serves sixteen stations, with San Miguelito being the interchange station for both lines.
The Government of Panama invited tenders for a contract to build the metro system. The governments of Brazil and Taiwan offered to invest on the project. After an exhaustive inspection of all proposals for the construction of the railway system, the Línea Uno consortium, which includes the Spanish Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), won the contract.
In October 2009, the POYRY/Cal y Mayor y Asociados consortium won the contract for the counseling of the project development, and on January 2010, Systra was awarded a contract to create detailed infrastructure designs.
As of January 2015, the Panama Metro became a public limited company owned 100% by the State.
Law 109 of 2013, dictates the regulatory framework related to the Metro People Transportation System and authorizes the creation of the company Metro de Panamá, SA, which is constituted as a public limited company with autonomy, authority, representativeness, technical and administrative capacity sufficient to allow it to be in charge of the Metro People Transport System and to assume responsibility for all the regulation of its activities.
The corporation Metro de Panamá, S.A.
Panamá (820,000 inh.; 1.2 million in metropolitan area) is the capital of the Republic of Panamá.
North-south line (15.8 km, 14 stations); 7.2 km underground through city centre, section through northern part of the city is elevated.
Construction started in March 2011, and the line was put into service only three years later:
05 Apr 2014: Los Andes - Albrook (13.7 km)
08 May 2015: El Ingenio station added
15 Aug 2015: Los Andes - San Isidro (2.1 km)
Line 2 initially runs east/northeast from San Miguelito to 24 de Diciembre and Nuevo Tocumen, 22 km, 16 stations; construction started in 2015 for completion in 2019:
Partial service operated during 'Jornada Mundial de la Juventud' from 18 to 28 Jan 2019, serving five stations: San Miguelito, Cincuentenario, San Antonio, Pedregal and Corredor Sur.
Panama City Metro is clean, safe, indexpensive and fast. We love it!! Taking the metro (subway) and charging card. MUSIC: "Coffee Stains" from YT Audio Library -- http://www.DiscoverCuencaEcuador.com http://www.GringoGoodSamaritans.com