Alstom-led consortium wins Panama metro Line 1 signalling contract

The SAT consortium, led by Alstom and comprised also of Thales and Sofratesa, has won a contract to supply the engineering, installation, testing and commissioning of a communications-based train control (CBTC) solution for the extension of Line 1 of the Panama Metro, as well as the update of the ATS and SCADA system for the new section.

Under the contract, Alstom will deliver its Urbalis 400 solution for the approximate 2.2 km-extension of Line 1 that will connect the San Isidro Station with the new Villa Zaíta terminal station.

Currently, Line 1 of the Panama Metro is moving an average of 230,000 users per day, which will be expanded after the completion of the new extension. Urbalis 400 provides bi-directional and track-to-train wireless communication.

Panama’s Line 1 currently has almost 16 km of extension and 14 stations, 8 of them underground, which were inaugurated in 2014. The line is operated by Alstom Metropolis trains and is equipped with Urbalis 400 train control system for successful operating conditions in terms of speed and safety. “Alstom is proud to be, once again, part of the history of the Panama Metro and to contribute to improving the quality of life of Panamanians, providing advanced technology solutions for smart, safe and sustainable mobility,” Iván Moncayo, Managing Director of Alstom Panama said.

The extension of Line 1 to Villa Zaíta aims to establish a terminal station at the northern end of Line 1 with a capacity of more than 10,000 passengers during peak hours and to build a bus interchange with the capacity to serve more than 8,000 passengers during peak hours.


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