The Panama Metro is Up to Speed


It was recently announced by an the subway’s official spokesman, that the project is progressing as scheduled.  He claimed the structure is 72 percent finished and should be ready, either by year’s end or early next year.  This project will be the flagship of president Ricardo Martinelli’s administration.

Below are several pictures taken on the morning of Sunday, March 3, 2013.   I can hardly wait to see this public work finished.  It will place Panama City as one of the most modern cities in Latin America.  Our GDP grew 10.7 percent last year, one of the highest in the world.  Unemployment is only 4 percent, which is often called “structured unemployment”.  People are looking for jobs and jobs are looking for people, but they have not met yet.  A four percent unemployment is considered by economists as full employment for the reason I just mentioned.

Snapshot of the subway at the intersection of the Transisthmian Highway and Via Ricardo J. Alfaro in Panama City, Panama. It is the first line of a total of three planned for the upcoming years. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

 

4 thoughts on “The Panama Metro is Up to Speed”

  1. Hi Linda:

    That would be an honor for me Linda. Anyway, you can be sure that I’ll certainly will be one of the first passengers on board the subway once it start working.

    I had a lot of fun riding the New York and London’s subways. Both are very efficient. We need a subway badly in Panama Our transportation system sucks at this moment.

    Take Care,

    Omar.-

  2. While I think the Metro is a great idea, and its provided hundreds of jobs for people I’d be willing to bet that even after it’s fully operational Via Espana will be a cluster #&*@ all day and night.

  3. Hi Richard:

    I’m afraid traffic congestion is a characteristic of all large metropolis. Panama City is no exception even with an operating subway. The total population of Panama City and its suburbs exceeds 1.5 million people and the ownership of automobiles in this country is relatively high.

    I think the new subway will mitigate our current mass transportation problems, not solve them completely. As they say, “One percent of something is better than 100 percent of nothing.”

    Take Care,

    Omar.-

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