February 22, 2011

Construction starts on Panama City Metro

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CONSTRUCTION has commenced on the first metro line in Panama City. Line 1 is being built by a consortium of FCC, Spain, Brazilian construction group Norberto Odebrecht, and Alstom under a contract worth $US 1.45 billion.
The 13.7km will run-south line from Los Andes to the bus terminal at Albrook with 11 stations, three of which will be constructed as interchanges with other modes and future metro lines. The line will be automated and will initially operated with minimum headways of 90 seconds. It will have capacity for 15,000 passengers per hour per direction when it opens in 2013, rising to 40,000 pphpd by 2035.

Last month a consortium of Alstom, CIM/TSO and Sofratesa was awarded the contract to equip the line. Alstom will supply 57 metro cars, traction substations, and Urbalis communications-based train control, while Thales will be responsible for supervision and telecommunications systems.

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