The project will stretch 13.6 kilometers and will be built from Los Andes, San Miguelito district, to the Albrook bus terminal, so the president made a special request to Panamanians in order for them to have patience with the changes which will happen as a consequence of the Metro works.
President Martinelli also requested the media to spread awareness of the changes so Panamanians are informed involving the construction of the Metro, but this will ultimately improve the country's transport system.
For its part, Metro's executive secretary, Robert Roy, stated that completion is planned in approximately 38 months and that the work will involve more than 3.000 workers.
He explained that the Metro trains, whose first line will have an estimated travel time between the two terminals of 23 minutes, will be provided by French company Alstom.
The addendum to the contract with Consorcio Línea Uno for the extension of the railway system from Los Andes to San Isidro, has been officially signed.
This was announced by Minister for Canal Affairs and Executive Secretary of the Panama Metro, Roberto Roy. The official explained that the cost of the extension will not be revealed until they have completed the verification process with the General Comptroller of the Republic.
On that date, the opening of envelopes containing the proposals submitted by consortiums will take place.
The companies which submitted bids are Consorcio Line One, composed of FCC and Norberto Odebrecht Construction with Alstom trains, and the Italian Group Metro Panama, consisting of Impregilo, Astaldi and Ghella with Ansaldo Breda trains.
Next Monday, the Metro Secretary will unveil the bidding rules for designing and building the first line of the Panamanian Metro.
Three prequalified consortiums will be invited to bid: CIMA, “Consorcio Línea Uno” and “Grupo Italiano Metro Panamá”.
For the time being, they will not include another consortium, “Consorcio Metro de Panama”, who filed a claim against the Metro Secretary decision of excluding them from the process. According to the report, this group was ruled out as it head company lacked a minimum $750 million of net capital.
The consortium led by France's Alstom won the contract to supply the integrated system including 21 trains, substations and command systems for the trains.
Alstom, the leader of the consortium that won the tender, has been commissioned to provide the trains and launch Line 1. The contract for Line 2 of Metro de Panama states that the consortium will provide all trains, stations and operate the line.
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