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Metro celebrates anniversary with stoppage

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PANAMA’S METRO Line 1 celebrated its third anniversary on Thursday April 6 with its third stoppage in a week.

On Friday  March 31 thousands   of early subway  users had to revert to buses and taxis to get to work 31 due to lack of trains after  maintenance work during the night triggered a security system, and only four trains were able to operate.

On, Wednesday, Apr 5, a braking problem on one of the trains led to another temporary shut  down.

On Thursday , early morning travelers   were again frustrated when technical problems  prevented the start of the service at 5:00 am.

The problems stemmed from the update of the system for  the arrival of the six new trains at the end of the month.

Luis Carlos Diaz, engineer in charge of the operations of the Metro of Panama, said  that when the operation schedule was finished at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, “we proceeded to restart the servers to load the new version of the system, but at approximately 2: 00 a.m. a problem appeared in the system and the and  the engineers contacted the company in France  that provides the system  France to eliminate the  fault”

Which was achieved at 5:00 a. m. the official start time for Metro Panama. Services began at 6:00 a.m., making thousands of users once again  late for work or school.

Metro Line 1  transports an average of 270,000 people daily, double the number  predicted in initial projections

The train travels 14 kilometers with 14 stations, in about 21 minutes, with 20 trains of three wagons each.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/metro-celebrates-anniversary-stoppage

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Panama: $50 Million for Metro Station

The construction of the Curundú station on Line 1 could be tendered after completion of construction of Line 2 and once the Line 3 process has been started.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Without specifying where the resources will come from, the head of Metro de Panamá S.A., Roberto Roy, explained that during the construction of the first line they allowed for space to build a new station, and that the tender will not be done before finishing construction of Line 2.

Prensa.com reports that "...According to the schedule planned by Metro de Panamá SA, the new line stop will be located behind the facilities of the Electoral Tribunal, near the area where the wall is adjacent to the Curundú sector and the Central Agricultural Market."

"...Once construction of this stop has been completed, Line 1 of the Metro will have 15 stations along its almost 16 kilometers of route."

 

http://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Panama_50_Million_for_Metro_Station

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Panama Subway: Tender for Extension of Line 1

A tender has been launched to design and build works that include the extension of Metro Line 1 to Villa Zaita.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Panama Government Purchase 2018-2-80-0-08-LS-001760:

"Requirements are for design engineering services, construction of civil works, auxiliary line installations and stations, and interfaces with integral rail system for the extension of Line 1 of the Panama Metro to Villa Zaita.

A tour to the site of the Extension Project of Line 1 to Villa Zaita will take place on August 14, 2018, starting at 10 am. Proponents interested in attending this visit must reserve their place two days in advance. 

Due to the complexity of the Public Act, the preliminary meeting will be held from August 16, 2018, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, so that interested parties can pose questions and provide comments on points that they feel may affect their participation under equal conditions.

The winning bidder must coordinate with the dependencies and the execution of the corresponding works for the projects of relocation, removal, cancellation, demolition or protection of service lines, pedestrian bridges, buildings, fences, publicity structures, and in general the visible and hidden installations that are required to execute the specified works, the supply of equipment, materials, labor and technical supervision to execute the works detailed in the specifications."

The deadline for receipt of bids is October 26 2018.

See tender.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Panama_Subway_Tender_for_Extension_of_Line_1

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Panama Metro: Tender for Line 1 Expansion Postponed

January 30, 2019 is the new date to submit proposals for the design and construction tender for the extension of Metro Line 1 to Villa Zaíta.

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Metro de Panamá, S.A. carried out the third addendum to the tender specifications for the project, which includes design engineering services, construction of civil works, auxiliary line installations and stations, and interfaces with the integral railway system for the extension of Line 1 of the Panama Metro to Villa Zaita.

According to the documentation published in the government procurement portal, for this process "... Proposals will be accepted, either in presence or online, on January 30, 2019 only, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., which must be delivered in the Conference Room of the Metro de Panamá, S.A. offices."

According to the purchase specifications, the winning Tenderer shall coordinate with the premises and the works execution corresponding to the projects of relocation, withdrawal, cancellation, demolition or protection of service lines, pedestrian bridges, buildings, fences, advertising structures, and the visible and hidden installations required in general to execute the works which are the basis of this specification, the supply of equipment, materials, labor and technical supervision to execute the works detailed in the documentation.

See tender.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Panama_Metro_Tender_for_Line_1_Expansion_Postponed

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Metro breakdown frustrates thousands

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Posted 08/02/2019

THOUSANDS of frustrated Metro Line 1 passengers heading for work early on Friday, February 8, were stranded for over 90 minutes while an out-of-service train was towed to the Albrook Metro repair center The stations temporarily closed were Via Argentina, Iglesia del Carmen, Lotería and Albrook. Partial service was provided from the San Isidro station to Fernández de Córdoba.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/metro-breakdown-frustrates-thousands-1

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Metro boss denies backhanders  for Metro Line 1

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Roberto Roy

Posted 28/06/2019

Roberto Roy Secretary of the Panama Metro reacted on Friday, June 28 to published reports from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists referring to the multi-millions of cost overruns during the construction of  Metro line 1.

According to Roy, in  a statement posted on his Twitter account, the alleged cost overruns of $553.9 million referred to in the investigation "do not exist and this amount corresponds to additional works on line 1 of the Metro

"The mentioned amount corresponds exclusively to additional works of Line 1, such as adaptation to the floors and civil works of patio and workshops; three new stations of La Lotería, El Ingenio and San Isidro; Extending the viaduct and railway systems to San Isidro; expansion of the diameter of the tunnel; underground external walls through the tunnel for the future station of Curundú ", among other works detailed in the statement.

Roy noted that this work has been audited by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, the Comptroller General and all information on the project is public.

"The subway has never made or been aware of illegal payments that could have been made with the money mentioned, behind our backs (...) as far as I am concerned, I have never received any payment from any contractor," the engineer concluded.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/metro-boss-denies-backhanders-for-metro-line-1

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Panama Metro: Line 1 Expansion Awarded

The Panama North Line Consortium was awarded the contract for the design and construction of the works to extend Line 1 of the Metro to Villa Zaíta.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

On July 23, the resolution of the tender was published in the country's public procurement portal, which explains that it was decided to award to the consortium formed by OHL, Sucursal de Obrascon Huarte Lain, S.A. and Mota Engenharia e Construcao Sucursal Panamá, the expansion works for a total of $177,969,848.33.

The project includes design engineering services, construction of civil works, auxiliary line installations and stations, and interfaces with the integral railway system for the extension of Line 1 of the Panama Metro to Villa Zaita.

According to the purchase specifications, the winning consortium shall coordinate with the agencies and the execution of the works corresponding to the projects of relocation, removal, cancellation, demolition or protection of service lines, pedestrian bridges, buildings, fences, advertising structures, and generally the visible and hidden facilities required to execute the works that are the reason for this specification, the supply of equipment, materials, labor and technical supervision to execute the works detailed in the documentation.

See award details.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Panama_Metro_Line_1_Expansion_Awarded

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Baby Born at Santo Tomas Station

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Posted 31/08/2019

A woman who went into labor while traveling on Metro line 1 gave birth to a  baby girl on the platform at Santo Tomas station on Friday, August 30. A nurse who was on the train managed the delivery. Mother and child were transferred  by a 911 ambulance to a medical center for  evaluation

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/baby-born-at-santo-tomas-station

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Metro line 1 rush hour shutdown strands thousands

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Workbound travelers seek alternative transport

Posted 20/09/2019

Seven stations of Panama Metro line 1 , were out of service for over an hour on Friday morning, September 20, leaving thousands of travelers scrambling for alternate transport.

At 9:07 am, the Metro reported - without offering further details - that the San Isidro, Los Andes, Pan de Azúcar, San Miguelito, Pueblo Nuevo, 12 de Octubre, and El Ingenio stations had been taken out of service. 

It only provided a partial service between the Fernández de Córdoba and Albrook stations (both directions).

At  10:25 am, Metro reported that the line was operational from San Isidro to Albrook.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/metro-line-1-rush-hour-shutdown-strands-thousands

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Second Metro interruption in a week

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Optimists waited fpr resumtion of service

Posted 26/09/2019

Metro Line 1ne 1 of the Panama Metro suffered its second rush hour dislocation in a week on Thursday morning  September 26. The second in a week.

While  some people initially decided to remain inside the wagons waiting for the restoration of service thousands more exited the system to seek other means of transport to get to work. The optimistic travelers were forced to follow them as stations were closed.

According to the Panama Metro, the hold up was due to problems with a train in the Vía Argentina area.

After 9:00 am, the Metro informed, through its Twitter account, that it had a partial service on line 1, between Santo Tomás-Albrook (both directions) and Fernández de Córdoba-San Isidro ( both ways ). The stations without service are: Vía Argentina and Iglesia del Carmen.

According to the Metro, a  train at Via Argentina had a brake system failure and was moved to the workshop area. 

After the failure, the Metro de Panamá SA, announced that they have demanded that the company Alstom, manufacturer of the trains, make a comprehensive review of the pneumatic system and brakes of the line 1 train fleet

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/second-metro-interruption-in-a-week

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After glitches Metro signs $7.3 million train maintenance contract

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Posted 16/10/2019

After a series  of incidents leading to the closing of stations and reduction of service on Line 1 of Panama Metro the Cabinet Council has approved the signing of a $7.3 million contract with the company Alstom, manufacturer of the trains used in the country, to provide "heavy" maintenance to Line 1.

The contract between the state company and the Alstom Panama subsidiary is to maintain the first 20 trains that are part of Line 1 and that are close to reaching 800,000 kilometers of travel. 

The contracting will be carried out by direct means, considering that Alstom is the manufacturer, supplier and current person in charge of the maintenance of the trains and wagons of the line that has been operating since 2014. 

Roberto Roy, Chairman of the Metro's board of directors, said that the maintenance service seeks to guarantee safe conditions in the system's operations. He stressed that once the 800,000 kilometers is reached, high-level maintenance must be managed.  

The work includes the maintenance of the brake system, which was linked to one of the "incidents" for which the Line 1 service was recently paralyzed.

"We have learned from these incidents and have taken steps to maintain the reliability of the system. The incidents have never jeopardized the safety of users," said Luis Carlos Díaz, Panama Metro director of operations.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/after-glitches-metro-signs-73-million-train-maintenance-contract

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