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Looking toward Lines 2 and 3 of Panama Metro

The second Line of the Metro will be put to tender next year. It will run from San Miguelito (a stop along Line 1) up to “La Doña” in the “24 de Diciembre” neighborhood. According to the daily La Prensa, the route is shorter than the one originally planned and published on the Metro web site. It was planned to have stops leading to and in the city proper.

According to the Metro Executive Secretary and Minister of the Canal, Roberto Roy, the line will be elevated and the preliminary studies have already started, funded by the Government, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Andean Development Corporation (CAF).

Metro Line 2 will measure 22 kilometers and will have 15 stations, one more than Line 1. Currently the Metro Secretariat is deciding where to put the stops, but for the system to be effective, it needs to be integrated with the Metro Bus, which will feed the trains. It is unknown how much the new line will cost, but it should be cheaper than Line 1, because that one will have tunnels. Roy added that currently the Panamanian government is having conversations with Japan to build Line 3 that will serve the Western Panama area out to Capira. Currently the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is doing a feasibility study that is going to be completed in April 2014.


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