$41 Million Tram in Panama

A trolley line is being analyzed within the Metro project, aiming to make it a touristic attraction as much as a transportation mechanism.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Government sponsored, this proposal looks to improve the city's image and touristic experience, within the goal of restoring the "Casco Antiguo" (historic center) as a touristic spot in Panama.

The tram line would link the recently inaugurated "Cinta Costera" (Coastal Belt) with the "Casco Antiguo", to finally reach Amador Causeway.

"Abandoned properties, and those that have not been restored according to the law, will be expropriated", published Prensa.com. "'This is how it was done in Puerto Rico and Cartagena. We are the only country not taking its historic center seriously', affirmed Salomón Shamah, head of Panama's Tourism Authority".

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France Finances Study for Light Railway System in San Jose

November 2011

The French government has donated resources to analyze the feasibility of building a tram line about 5 km from the Costa Rican capital.

The project aims to ease traffic congestion in the capital, where hundreds buses and cars come in daily, generating a high level of pollution.

Tram Project for San Jose

September 2012

A feasibility study has been submitted by the mayor of the capital of Costa Rica which sets the required investment at $220 million.

The French government provided the $700,000 required for the feasibility analysis of the proposed tram transportation system, which will run along a 10 kilometer stretch in the capital of Costa Rica.

Every Candidates Wants to Reactivate Railroads

October 2013

All of the Costa Rican presidential candidates agree that there is an urgent need to modernize public transport by reactivating intercity railways.

This is one of the proposals which tally across all the candidates for the presidency, to improve the country's road infrastructure.

Iberia to Fly Madrid – Panama 4 Times a Week

March 2010

The Spanish airline will fly four times a week between Panama City and Madrid.

An agreement was signed between Panamanian tourism authorities and the airline. This agreement is a preamble to a wider Cooperation Agreement between the Government and the airline.

From Panama America: “In the meeting with Iberia executives, Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli explained that his administration intends to increase the number of air links between Panama and Europe, Asia and Africa, to foster tourism and investment”.

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