Alstom has shipped the first Metropolis trainset for Panama metro line 2 from its factory in Barcelona. This is the first unit of a batch of 21 Metropolis trainsets included in a contract to supply an integrated system to equip Panama metro line 2. The contract was awarded in 2015 to a consortium led by Alstom and including CIM, Sofratesa, Thales and TSO. Under the contract, Alstom will also deliver traction substations including Hesop reversible substation, and Urbalis, Alstom’s CBTC solution for urban transport.
All the metros ordered for Panama Line 2 will be manufactured at Alstom’s plant in Barcelona, where the metro trainsets for line 1 were produced. Currently Alstom is also manufacturing and delivering 70 additional cars for Panama metro line 1 to expand the current fleet to 26 trains of 5 cars each.
The new line 2 of Panama metro is expected to enter in commercial operation in 2019. It 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, which was also equipped by Alstom and inaugurated in April 2014. With the new line, the Panama metro network will total 37 kilometres.