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Old September 1st, 2013, 11:53 PM   #21
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Old January 17th, 2014, 03:03 AM   #22
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First subway in Central America opens on 2014.03.05.

Test runs have already begun.

http://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/...660234448.html
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Old January 19th, 2014, 12:08 AM   #23
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¡¡Qué bueno -metro de Panama!!
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Old January 19th, 2014, 01:02 PM   #24
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Marvellous realisation, most likely welcomed in this part of the world.
Trains livery is nice.
Congratulations to those who built this metro system
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Old January 21st, 2014, 07:33 AM   #25
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Smallest countries with metros after Panama City metro opens:

Armenia - 2.969 million
Panama - 3.802 million
Georgia - 4.512 million
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Old January 21st, 2014, 10:15 AM   #26
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What are these figures : population or ridership ?
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Old January 21st, 2014, 06:59 PM   #27
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Countries by total population.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 07:53 PM   #28
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I have an enginering question - when the study for Panama Canal metro crossing will be comlpeted?

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Old January 21st, 2014, 11:15 PM   #29
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Why? There's nothing on the N American side worth connecting to.
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 05:28 AM   #30
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I will use this metro this year when i visit my sister. The trains look very similar to Caracas trains inside, but blue.

Congrats to Panama.
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Old January 28th, 2014, 04:18 PM   #31
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I especially enjoyed the photo of the inaugural nose picking contest.

Has the line already opened?
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Old January 28th, 2014, 08:26 PM   #32
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I have an enginering question - when the study for Panama Canal metro crossing will be comlpeted?
Not for a while. Line 2 right now is the focus and has begun preliminary work. It will stretch from San Miguelito to La Dona, linking Tocumen International Airport to Albrook Bus Terminal (the two transport hubs in the city and country):



The line crossing the Panama Canal to the suburbs of Arraijan and La Chorrera (with about 400,000 people) will follow but it appears to be a monorail rather than a subway. Building a subway under the Panama Canal would be logistically difficult. So I'm guessing the new metro will have to wait until the 4th bridge across the Panama Canal is completed (the planning process has already begun). I'd guess Line 3 (from Albrook across the canal to La Chorrera) will be finished by 2020. The suburbs west of the Canal are the fastest growing so there is high demand for sure.
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I especially enjoyed the photo of the inaugural nose picking contest.

Has the line already opened?
Hey dwdwone. It opens March 5, 2014. I'm not too far from you in Oklahoma btw.
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awesome subway....
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Old January 29th, 2014, 04:17 AM   #35
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My wife and I are going on a Panama Canal Cruise in March. We dock at Colon on March 21st. I'm hoping to convince the tour guide when we are in Panama City to drop me off so I might be able to ride at lease a station or two, than pick me up. So here is to hoping the line is running, and I have a flexible tour driver....
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My wife and I are going on a Panama Canal Cruise in March. We dock at Colon on March 21st. I'm hoping to convince the tour guide when we are in Panama City to drop me off so I might be able to ride at lease a station or two, than pick me up. So here is to hoping the line is running, and I have a flexible tour driver....
I think the information previously posted was not accurate. Test operations with passengers started on March/5, but it will not open to the public until April/5. Still, some stations will not be finished for a few months.
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Old March 15th, 2014, 05:20 AM   #37
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The Tocumen Station on the proposed Line 2 apparently is supposed to serve the Tocumen International Airport. If the planned station opens, how are people supposed to get from the terminal(s) to the metro station, by car/taxi or some connecting "people mover"?
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Old March 16th, 2014, 10:50 PM   #38
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Metro "pompous investment" a bad choice – US think tank
SATURDAY, 15 MARCH 2014 15:00


Double deckers like this hop on hop off bus deemed a better option

WHILE RULING politicians are planning a major pre-election fanfare for the opening of the first line of the Panama Metro subway, the internationally respected, Cato Institute says that it is a bad investment for the country

Double deckers like this hop on hop off bus deemed a better option

"Politicians love to support pompous big investment projects, especially if they can get someone to pay. That allows them to enjoy glory when projects mean business. ( ... ) The Government has chosen to build a low-capacity system whose cost cannot justify its use." Says the report’s author.

The renowned Washington DC based think tank bases the 19-page report only on the construction of the 13.7 kilometer first stage which cost at least $1.8 billion.

The analysis does not include the extension of the line with a cost projection of $2.091 billion.

The study involving 41 sources, focuses on the appropriate feasibility of the system as the best to transport thousands of Panamanians who have been waiting for years to a solution to the city’s transportation problems.

It says that special bus routes and viaducts would have been a better alternative, Cato notes that "the operating costs of the first line appear to be much greater than what will be collected from fares.

To date the authorities have kept the potential fares under wraps along with the anticipated cost of tax funded subsidies to keep the system running.

To justify the investment, it would have to charge at least $3.60 for each passenger based on the best scenario and up to $15 on the worst.

If the cost was amortized for 30 years at a rate of 7 % interest, the first line would cost 150 million per year, says O’Toole, which when compared to the prices of rail systems in cities such as Santo Domingo, San Juan and even several U.S. cities. Panama is much more expensive for a smaller return.

It also discusses the limited capacity of the trains. The government has said they will carry 15,000 people an hour in both directions.

But, according to Randal O’Toole, the study’s author, the low capacity train system will not be able to move more than about 6 400 people an hour.

The government figures would have people packed wall to wall and unable to move.

In comparison, the buses can carry more than 10 000 people and double-deckers at least 17,000. ??

MAINTENANCE

Structures, signals , electrical installations are some of the important parts of the system are designed with an estimated life of 30 years , while the wagons, only 25 years. “Transport Agencies typically do not consider those costs," said O’Toole, who estimated that subsequent expenditure would be in the order of billions of dollars in about three decades.

The money would have been better spent on elevated viaducts for the exclusive use of double-decker buses, said the American public policy analyst.

The author divides the issue into two groups: winners and losers.

In the first group are companies that design and build the subway, home owners stores and businesses close to stations. The second group includes taxpayers store owners and businesses not near the system
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Old March 16th, 2014, 10:56 PM   #39
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Ah, US thinktanks. Probably why the US has the infrastructure of some countries with 20% of their per capita GDP...
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