Viability of Panamanian Metro Under Discussion

Possible lack of demand from users could make the project economically unfeasible.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Transport Commission from the "Pro-Ciudad" (Pro-City) Alliance conducted a study with experts, whose conclusions where analyzed by the President of the Panamanian Society of Engineers and Architects, Rodrigo Mejía-Andrión.

A prensa.com article reports that Mejia-Andrión referred to the Dominican Republic Metro when speaking about the failure of a metro system. "This country projected 200.000 passengers a day, but not even 50.000 persons use the system, because the cost of the ticket is way higher than a bus ride. However, the state must continue paying for a transportation system that serves a small portion of the population and is unprofitable on its own, due to low demand".

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Panama Metro Master Plan Awarded

April 2017

The consortium made up of two Japanese companies and one French company will develop the pre-feasibility study for the new metro master network, with emphasis on lines 4 and 5.

The consortium, called Nippon Koei Lac-Sytra, is made up of the Japanese companies Nippon Koei Co. Ltd and Nippon Koei LAC Inc, and the French company Sytra. 

International Tender: Master Plan for Panama Metro

February 2017

A call has been made for expressions of interest to develop a pre-feasibility study for a new network master plan for the Panama Metro system, with emphasis on lines 4 and 5.

From the announcement made by the Panama Metro Secretariat:

The general objective of the consulting services for a pre feasibility study for a New Network Master Plan for the Panama Metro System is to undertake pre feasibility analysis of the New Network Mater Plan for the Panama Metro, with emphasis on lines 4 and 5, starting from demand estimates developed under the TRANUS system, updating the MPSA database in terms of the physical, socioeconomic and urban development variables of the various corridors that make up the network. 

A Cable Car for Guatemala City

April 2016

A feasibility study ordered by the Municipality of Guatemala found that it is feasible to install an urban transport cable car system, which will be called AeroMetro.

Although there is still no certainty about the final cost, a representative of the Municipality of Guatemala, Carlos Sandoval, told Prensalibre.com that " 'Everything points to it being an investment using public capital from the municipality and money from private companies. A public-private partnership.´"

Train to Extend Line 3 to Penonomé, Santiago and David

December 2015

The government plans to analyze the feasibility of building a light rail line which would connect line 3 with other provinces, in a first stage to Penonomé, a second to Santiago and a third to David, Chiriqui.

In a statement on Presidencia.gob.pa, it is indicated that "...

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