Sonda will Manage Panamanian Metro Bus

Chilean Consortium Sonda SA won the tender to manage the new mass transit system.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


The concession was granted to the firm for a period of ten years.

"Sonda is responsible for recharging the cards for access to Metro Bus as set out in the terms and conditions of the bid, once the card system becomes operational one thousand points of sale will be available, of which 10% will be run 24 hours a day," reported the article in

Next to Sonda companies which also participated were Confia Panama, Consorcio Panama Card and Metro Recaudo.

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10 companies participated in the preliminary meeting for bidding on the management of the Metro Bus system.

To the four companies which participated in the previous process, declared void on October 8th, the following companies joined: Unipago, TMS-Telemarca, Taborda Velez Transdata, King Holding and Cable & Wireless Panama.

Panama will Introduce Metro Bus Administrator

December 2010

The government will announce on December 15th, the company responsible for managing the transportation system.

The announcement of the company in charge of collecting payments from users of the transportation system, is a few weeks late.

"The bid process to choose a financial manager was suspended in October when it was already at an advanced stage" reported

4 Bids for Metro Bus Administration

December 2010

Sonda, Confya, Panama Card and Metro Recaudo submitted bids to manage the Metro Bus transportation system.

The proposals ranged between $ 118 and $ 229 million.

"Today's event was attended by Ministers Jimmy Papadimitriu (Presidency), Federico Suarez (Public Works), Rómulo Roux (Canal Affairs) and the director of the Transit Authority and Land Transport, Jorge Ricardo Fabrega," reports

Offers Received for Panama's Metro Bus Charging System

September 2010

Four companies submitted bids to fit and operate the charging system for Metro Bus passengers.

The participating groups were Chile's Sonda; Confya, formed by Colombian, Venezuelan and Panamanian businesses; Metrorecaudo from Panama and Colombia; and Panama Card.

"The four bidders are seeking to be awarded the contract for the 'financial administration service for Panama's metropolitan area transport system', which will last 15 years and has a reference price of $15 million," reports

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