The construction of a subway in Panama began on Monday, February 14, 2011 which by the way, is Valentine’s Day in Panama. It has an allotted budget of $1.6 billion and should be finished sometime in 2014. Year 2014 marks the end of the administration of President Ricardo Martinelli, who made the subway, one of his main campaign promises.
The system will open with an initial capacity of 15,000 passengers an hour in each direction, with more being added over a period of several years to peak at 40,000 passengers. When it is accomplished, trains will travel a 8.7-mile line in 23 minutes with stops at 13 stations, some above ground and others below. It will run between the Special District of San Miguelito and Albrook’s bus terminal.
The picture above displayed the support beams being built on May 30, 2012, about four months ago. Last Sunday, September 8, 2012, I drove over to the Transisthmian Highway to take pictures of the level of progress made on this iconic mega-project.
Below you will find several pictures which depict the most recent work in progress. As you can see, the structure above ground is now finished and the rails will soon be laid out. Here we go.
I will be monitoring the progress of this public construction project and will share with you the improvements made until it is inaugurated sometime in 2014. I’m proud that Panama is moving forward becoming the most modern city in Central America. Good Day.