The coastal belt of Panama City is an attractive magnet for investment, but its Achilles heel is the lack of planning in urban infrastructure and services.
Prensa.com reports that "the future expansion of the coastal area of the city promises to extend the captial's skyline, but it also puts a severe strain on public infrastructure which is old and outdated."
Possible lack of demand from users could make the project economically unfeasible.
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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