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Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.


Yesterday I posted several pictures of the Metro from the outside.  Today I’m posting some pictures of the Metro from the inside.  It was interesting to monitor the faces of the people riding the subway for the first time in their lives.  It was such a wonderful and exciting experience.

April 6, 2014 is a historic day for us.  I know it will always be in my memories.  Thanks God I’m alive to see this dream come true.

Now it’s time to take a look at some pictures of the Metro from the inside, and its passengers.  Here we go.

I love this framed photograph of the Metro and its people. The colors are so soft and delicate. The scene is very peaceful. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

You are warmly invited to return tomorrow for more pictures of this exciting subject—El Metro de Panamá.  The saga continues.  Good Day.


After waiting for thirty-eight months, the day finally came when I stood before a beautiful streamlined subway train.  Everything about it was first class.  It was clean, polished and gleamed like a large linear geometrical figure gracefully sliding over the rails.  The spectacle was of the finest quality.  The dreaming was over, it was now time to ride the puppy.

Below are several pictures of two trains arriving and departing from the San Miguelito station just a few blocks from our home.  This was one of my most exciting experiences in my life.  I never thought I would live to see a subway operating in Panama.  In today’s technological world, anything is possible if the dream and the will is there.

Take notice of the subway train approaching the San Miguelito station exactly at the curve of the railway. The next pictures capture the movement of the train towards the station. It was a magnificent day to take pictures. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Notice that the lights were on. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

The small houses on the right are in the Special District of San Miguelito; the most populated district in the metropolis. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Train No. 1105 reaching the San Miguelito station on a Sunday morning April 6, 2014. There were few passengers on the platform. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Train No. 1105 departing San Miguelito station on its way to Albrook the last stop of Line 1 Then it will head back towards Los Andes to continue the traveling cycle. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Subway train No. 1102 arriving at the San Miguelito station on its way to Albrook. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Snapshot of one of the three coaches of train No. R-1112 stopping at the San Miguelito station to pick up passengers. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

A close-up look at one of the coaches of a Metro train. You could smell the cleanliness of the mechanical horse. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Kindly click on images to enjoy them better.  Good Day and please return tomorrow for more pictures of the Metro; this time from the inside.

Crowds


The day the Panama Metro was opened for service, I expected huge crowds to ride the most expected of all Martinelli’s public works.  It took 38 long months to put the act together and the impressive fortune of $1.5 billion.  It would start working at 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., 365 days a year.  It is expected to carry 15,000 passengers per hour.  That would be the equivalent of moving 255,000 persons per day. That’s more than a quarter of a million people per day for one trip only.  For a round trip, the quantity would escalate to 510,000 people per day.

For three months the service will be free.  After that we don’t know; however there are rumors that the price would not exceed a dollar.  Meantime the waiting game is on.

If you have followed my daily post, you already know that I rode the Metro on its first day—April 6, 2014.  There were crowds, but no big deal.  I was expecting an avalanche of people.  Didn’t happen.  My experience during the trip was that all those waiting for the Metro were gobbled up by the beast like a mammoth vacuum cleaner.

Below are several crowds I came across during my journey to downtown Panama City on board the new-kid-on-the block—El Metro de Panamá.  Take a look.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Snapshot of a small group of elder tourists listening to a Metro employee; probably conveying facts or guidelines about the new transportation system. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

We have now reached the point where the trains will hit the tracks.  It was a very exciting experience to watch the trains arrive at the boarding station and stepping inside.  My heart was pounding fast and hard.  It was the crystallization of the  dream of a whole nation.  Good Day.


The Panama government bent itself backwards in its effort to build the most modern mass transportation system in Central America.  They spent truckloads of money to achieve this goal.  Many pundits agree that it is a state-of-the art Metro comparable to those currently in use in European countries such as Spain and France.

Below are several pictures of the modern accessories of the Metro I encountered during my recent inaugural ride in the Metro on April 6, 2014.  This means so much to me, considering my passion for technology. Take a look.

Snapshot of color coded pipelines and signs indicating exactly where you were in Line 1 of el Metro de Panamá. There was no way you could get lost riding the subway. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Our home is located behind the hills in the blurry background. The neighborhood is called Residencial El Bosque. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Snapshot of a locked emergency telephone in the San Miguelito Metro station. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

In this picture, on the left side you can see an elevator to aid handicapped persons traveling in wheelchairs. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Every coach of the Metro is equipped with monitors which are constantly indicating the name of the next station; therefore you are always aware of exactly where you are and when it’s time to get off the train. Easy as pie. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

All pictures were shot using a lightweight prime lens—Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II.  It was love at first sight.  Good Day.

Stairways


The Panama Metro is a hybrid mass transportation system.  Part of the system is above ground and part is underground.  To reach the trains you have to take electric or normal stairways to reach the boarding platform.  Most people use the electric stairways. All stations are equipped with large and comfortable elevators for handicapped people traveling in wheelchairs.

We decided to walk and get some exercise.  That is something I have to do more.  Most of the day, I’m in front of the computer tickling the keyboard.  That is not a healthy lifestyle and I’m aware of it, but I just can’t acquire the habit of walking.  I have included this item on my Bucket List several times, but it always falls between the cracks.  I know I have to walk and promise to work on it before the year is over.

The Metro has twelve stations and three additional ones are under construction.  This is the list of all of them; 15 in total.

I.  Above Ground

  1. San Isidro – Under construction
  2. Los Andes
  3. Pan de Azúcar
  4. San Miguelito
  5. Pueblo Nuevo
  6. El Ingenio – Under construction
  7. 12 de Octubre

II.  Under Ground

  1. Fernández de Córdoba
  2. Vía Argentina
  3. Iglesia del Carmen
  4. Hospital Santo Tomás
  5. Lotería Nacional de Beneficiencia
  6. Plaza 5 de Mayo
  7. Curundú – Under Construction
  8. Albrook

Below are several snapshots depicting the stairways of the Metro.  I was impressed at the sheer size of the structures.  It was like walking inside the pyramids of Egypt.  We looked like midgets inside those gargantuan installations.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

These Metro users opted to do some exercise and burn some calories in the process. It’s a long and steep walk up to the boarding platform. That’s what we did. Walk. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

 

Rails


One of the characteristics of this modern transportation system is that the Metro doesn’t use either railroad ties nor gravel.  I noticed the rails were held fast to the concrete with nuts and bolts.  As far as the eye could see, there was a view or meticulously placed nuts and bolts securing the rails to the long and undulating cement platform.  It seemed like an artistic work of art.  I had never seen a railway without ties nor gravel.

The Metro suspended in the air with solid structures is a marvelous and ingenious accomplishment of man.  I only wished that this creativity be used to avoid violence, hatred and wars.  We have the knowledge to do so many things, yet peace seems to be out of the radar screen of the human mind.  I wonder why?

Snapshot of the railroad system of the Panama Metro adjacent to the Los Andes No. station. Notice how neat and clean the railway looks. Everything is exactly in its place. Perfection was the goal of the builders of this public accomplishment. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

 

Kindly click on the images to expand them. Then you will able to appreciate the true beauty of the railway with its neatly placed nuts and bolts and the absent ties. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

 

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