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“Last stop, Albrook Mall.” Passengers boarding at one of the 13 stops along the 15.8 kilometer Metro Line One track will deboard from the Italian-made subway cars at Panama’s growing convergence zone. Albrook Mall is the largest shopping center in Central America, located adjacent to the bustling National Transport Terminal, and it will shortly boast the Tryp Panama Albrook Mall Hotel, a 331-room hotel that officially opens next Thursday, August 1.
Although the rooftop pool is under construction, it promises to be a must-do on the list of the host of travelers who will stay at the hotel, which is part of the Wyndham chain. From the pool, one overlooks the city, Ancón Hill, Balboa Port and the nearby Marcos A. Gelabert Airport, home base for Air Panama.
The combination of mall, metro, transport and lodging is complemented by the recently-opened Fantastic Casino, also at Albrook Mall. Ample space for meetings, conferences and conventions has been allocated in the design of this landmark property that has changed the southern face of the mall.
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About the Metro
The Panama Metro Line One is scheduled to inaugurate its operation in the capital on February 28 of next year. With 14 stations from Albrook Mall to San Isidro the project is costing about $2 billion.
The Metro is the flagship public works project of President Ricardo Martinelli’s government and aims to solve the public transport problems that have affected the country for many years as well as the vehicular congestion.
The plans also contemplate adding another new station in the Curundú area, once the public market (Mercado de Abastos) moves to its new location in Chivo Chivo, a few kilometers before the Centennial Bridge. 20 trains will be operating on Line One.
The Chilean based company Sonda, which also is operating the money collection system of the Metro Bus, will operate the Metro ticket sales. In the future the two systems will be integrated. The Metro Executive Secretary, Roberto Roy announced that prices for the Metro will be revealed in September.
The government has set aside some $20 million to subsidize this new transport system in its infancy.