Plans for Line 2 of the Panama Metro have taken a step forward with the confirmation that Alstom will lead a consortium to supply its integrated system. The first line of the metro was opened in April 2014 and construction of the second line will be concluded in 2019. Alstom will head up a consortium of CIM, Sofratesa, Thales and TSO, with their share of the contract amounting to around €300 million. The Panama Metro is part of a major “National Master Plan” to improve transportation in the Central American republic with the metro aiming to relieve the traffic congestion in the city, and to offer commuters a viable alternative to the car and the stretched Metrobus service.
Line 2 will be 21 km long and include 16 stations. Elevated, the line will run from San Miguelito to Nuevo Tocumen and will be able to carry up to 40,000 passengers per hour and per direction. Line 2 will interconnect with line 1 and with the new line, Panama metro network will be 37 km wide.
"After line 1 which experiences a great success since it has entered into operation, we are proud to be awarded line 2 of Panama metro. With an extended metro network, better connectivity and greater transport capacity, I am confident that more people will be commuting daily on-board a system that is reliable, smooth, and environmental-friendly" said Michel Boccaccio, Senior Vice President of Alstom Transport in Latin America.
Alstom will supply an integrated metro system which includes 21 Metropolis trainsets as well as traction substations including Hesop reversible substation, and Urbalis – Alstom Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) solution which controls the movement of the trains and enables trains to run at higher frequencies and speeds in total safety. In the case of line 2 of Panama metro, the headway between two trains will be 90 seconds. The Metropolis trainsets will be produced in Santa Perpetua factory in Spain where the metro trainsets for line 1 were manufactured.
Alstom are a Lead Sponsor of SmartMetro, incorporating the 6th annual CBTC World Congress taking place in Copenhagen 3-5th November 2015 allows transport leaders, innovators and specialists to share best practice, uncover new solutions and put CBTC at the heart of SmartMetro systems.
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