April 05, 2013

Testing begins of Panama metro trains

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Testing begins of Panama metro trains FGC

TESTING has begun in Barcelona of the first Alstom Metropolis train for Panama metro Line 1, which is due to open next year.

The set is undergoing an eight-week programme of traction and braking tests on the standard-gauge FGC suburban lines from Plaça de Catalunya to Terrassa and Sabadell. The train is based at FGC's Rubí depot and test runs are taking place at night.

At the end of 2010 a consortium of Alstom, CIM/TSO and Sofratesa was awarded the contract to equip the 13.7km north-south line from Los Andes to Albrook bus terminal. Alstom will supply 57 metro cars, traction substations, and Urbalis CBTC, while Thales will be responsible for supervision and telecommunications systems. The trains are being assembled at Alstom's Santa Perpetua de Mogoda plant near Barcelona.

Panama Line 1 will be automated and will initially operate with minimum headways of 90 seconds. It will have capacity for 15,000 passengers per hour per direction (pphpd) when it opens, rising to 40,000 pphpd by 2035.

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