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Panama City Metro, Republic of Panama [free access]

April 1, 2021

Developer/operator: Metro de Panamá (formerly known as Secretaría del Metro de Panamá [SMP]) is the developer and operator.


Project description: Expansion of the metro system in Panama City.


Background: The operational network comprises two lines, which collectively span 36.8 km and cover 30 stations.



A consortium of Spain-based FCC Construcciones and Brazil-based Odebrecht Transport (Consorcio Línea 2) has constructed and financed Line 2 Phase I under a USD1.86 billion contract secured in May 2015. The scope of work includes design engineering, civil construction, and secondary works, including supply of rolling stock and initial commissioning.


Rolling stock and technology: Alstom has supplied 20 three-car trains and will supply another 70 cars to increase the length of the existing 20 trains from three cars to five cars, and the remaining 30 cars will be configured as six five-car trains). The first five-car train started operations in June 2018. In addition, the company has supplied 21 trains for Line 2.


A consortium of Japan-based Hitachi, Hitachi Rail STS, and Mitsubishi has secured a USD833 million contract to supply rolling stock for Line 3. Under the contract, Hitachi and Hitachi Rail STS will supply 28 six-car trains. They will also supply signalling and communications systems, control systems, electrification systems, along with platform screen doors, a central control centre, and maintenance equipment. The administration of the project will be managed by Mitsubishi.


Tracks are standard gauge (1,435 mm). Power is sourced from the third rail (750 V DC). Alstom Panama SA has provided the power supply and the Urbalis communication-based train control system (CBTC) signalling system. The company has also provided preventive maintenance for the rolling stock, power supply, and signalling systems.


Capital projects: The master plan for Panama City Metro proposes the development of extensions of Lines 1 and 2, construction of five metro lines, and the construction of a monorail line.


Line 1 extension: The extension will span 2.2 km. A consortium of Spain-based OHL and Portugal-based MOTA Engil is constructing Line 1 under a EUR180 million contract. Construction commenced in January 2021 and is expected to be completed within 33 months.


Line 2 (Airport Line): The extension will span over 2 km from Nuevo Tocumen to the Tocumen International Airport, covering two stations. Passenger services are expected to commence by March 2022.


In February 2020, Grupo de Empresas (GdE) Consortium secured a contract to design, supply, install, and test the integrated rail systems (including rolling stock). GdE is a consortium of Alstom Transport SA, Alstom Panamá SA, Compagnie Internacionale de Maintenance (CIM), SOFRATESA, Thales SIX GTS France SAS, TCP Rail, and TSO.


Line 3 Phase 1: The monorail line will span 25 km (fully elevated) and cover 14 stations. In February 2020, HPH Consortium, a consortium of South Korea-based Hyundai Engineering & Construction (51 per cent stake), Posco Engineering Construction (29 per cent stake), and Hyundai Engineering Company (20 per cent stake), has secured a USD2.81 billion contract to design, construct, and finance Panama Metro Line 3. Construction commenced in February 2021 and is expected to be completed within 54 months. The construction will also be financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).


Line 3 Phase 2: It will span 7.3 km from Ciudad del Futuro to Chorrera. The timeline for the project is yet to be announced.


Other lines: Five additional lines (Lines 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) are also planned to be developed. These lines will collectively cover over 40 stations (including interchange stations). The timeline for these projects is yet to be announced.


Open tender: Metro de Panamá SA has invited proposals to design a tunnel of Line 3 of Panama Metro. The scope of work includes provision of detailed engineering services, conducting of constructability assessment, and identification of design criteria for structural, mechanical, and electrical systems. The last date for the submission of proposals is April 13, 2021.


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