Monitoring the Progress of Panama’s Subway

If you have been a regular follower of my blog, you probably know that President Ricardo Martinelli and his staff are getting up to speed to finish the huge public work of the Panama subway during the second half of 2013 or early 2014, shortly before his term is over. It would be the first subway in Panama and Central America.

The 13.7 kilometers subway line, which will have 17 stations, will replace some bus routes that have been in operation in the city for more than 40 years.  The subway line will connect downtown Panama City with suburbs in the north of the city.  Two more branches are in the pipeline to connect Panama City with suburbs east and west of the metropolis.  These two projects will be completed by future administrations.

A total of 1.5 billion U.S. dollars will be invested in the subway Line 1 in Panama City.  This first transit line is planned for completion in 2014 and will travel 14 kilometers through the high traffic areas of the city.  There will be 17 metro stops both above ground and below ground and there will be an aiding metro bus system throughout the city.

This enormous project will drastically change the transportation culture of Panama City.  Major traffic disruption throughout the busy areas of Panama City will occur during the construction process but in the hopes for a better future of Panama’s transportation.

Below are several pictures shot on the morning of Sunday, March 3, 2013.  A huge red rectangle at the construction site captured my attention.  Here we go.

Snapshot of a complex structure used to support the huge columns of concrete while they are still wet. This construction site is situated at the intersection of Via Transístmica and Via Ricardo J. Alfaro in Panama City, Panama. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
This overpass leads to the International Tocumen Airport. It is one of the busiest transit areas of Panama City connecting the metropolis to the north in the Special District of San Miguelito. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

If you are interested in construction sites, tomorrow I will continue inserting more pictures of this important public project which is the flagship of Ricardo Martinelli’s administration.  Stay tuned and Good Day.


2 thoughts on “Monitoring the Progress of Panama’s Subway”

  1. We’re always having roads built around Houston, and the construction sites look so much different than yours. We don’t have anything like those red support structures, and I’m not sure why. I suspect (and it’s only a suspicion) that the use of preformed concrete sections is part of the reason.

    In any event, it’s great to see things progressing!

  2. Morning Linda:

    I still have a couple of pictures ob the subway which I plan to share soon. When the project is finished it will be interesting to go back in time and view these pictures when the structure was in the early building stages. I’ve been monitoring its progress for the last two years. I want to capture history in the making. That’s part of the charm of cameras.



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