Panama: New Metro Buses Arrive

The 43 buses which will join the new Metro Bus system, arrived the Panamanian port of Manzanillo.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The arrival of the 43 buses from Colombia, add to the first 11 units which entered the country a week ago.

These 54 buses form the first group of 120 units required to start operations in the South Corridor, planned for late December.

In the next 10 days or so, said Minister of the Presidency, Jimmy Papadimitriu, the new system will begin operating in the South Corridor and in January of next year, it will change the entire public transport fleet which uses the Northern Corridor.

Seven months later, in August 2011, Papadimitriu stated, all buses operating on routes in the capital city and San Miguelito will have changed, leaving behind decades of hardships and abuse caused by passenger transport system.

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EUPAN to Build Metro Bus Stops

December 2011

The Urban Equipment company of Panama, SA (EUPAN) will carry out the study, design, construction, supply and installation of "pay zones" for users of the Metro Bus transportation system

A press release from the Presidency of the Republic of Panama reads:

The Minister of the Presidency, Jimmy Papadimitriu reported that the Transit and Land Transport Authority (ATTT) has contracted, by a special procedure, the Urban Equipment company of Panama, SA (EUPAN) to handle the study, design, construction, supply and installation of "pay zones" for users of the new Metro Bus transport system in the districts of Panama and San Miguelito.

Leasing Could Be an Option in Panamanian Metro Bus

May 2010

‘Metro Bus Panama’, one of the consortiums bidding for designing and operating the project, has proposed a “bus leasing system”.

On May 26, three consortiums submitted their proposals for ‘Metro Bus’, a public transportation system. The bid by ‘Grupo Express’ was priced at $275 million, the one by ‘Transporte Masivo de Panamá’ at $269 million, and ‘Metro Bus Panama’ presented the lowest priced one at $30 million.

Metro Bus Bidding Pushed Back in Panama

April 2010

According to the new schedule, companies interested in developing and operating the new public bus transportation system called “Metro Bus” must submit their proposals on May 26.

The Executive Transport Commission changed the bidding rules to allow the participation of more companies, in response to a request from international consortiums interested in the project.

Panama Launches "Metro Bus" System

November 2009

The first contract for "Metro Bus", a new transportation system, will be awarded on March 29th, 2010.

This project will renew the current bus fleet with air conditioned, high capacity vehicles, but will commence with existing 'Red Devil' buses ("Diablos Rojos").

Demetrio Papadimitriu, presidential minister, remarked that the system "...

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