The president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, has officially inaugurated Panama Metro Line 2 which has a length of 21 km served by 16 stations.
“Control Center, by this means and together with Roberto Roy, president of the Metro de Panamá, I give instructions for the Metro Line 2 with its 16 stations will immediately start operations. With Line 2 of the Metro we are delivering a punctual, clean, safe and reliable transportation system”, President Varela said at the ceremony.
The line offers a metro connection from San Miguelito to Nuevo Tocumen in just 35 minutes.
In its initial stage, Line 2, which is operated by 21 trains five-car trains will transport 16,000 passengers per hour.
USD 2.13 billion was the investment allotted for the metro Line 2.
The opening of the line was also celebrated by Alstom, leader of Grupo de Empresas (GdE), together with Consorcio Linea 2 (formed by Odebrecht and FCC). The Group has been in charge of supplying an integrated metro system which includes 21 Metropolis trainsets as well as traction substations including Hesop reversible substation, and Urbalis Alstom’s CBTC solution which controls the movement of the trains and enables trains to run at higher frequencies and speeds in total safety.
The Urbalis solution allows to precisely control the train path to efficiently and safely manage traffic. In the case of Line 2 of the Panama Metro, the system will allow a frequency between trains of only 90 seconds.
In order to optimize energy consumption, the electrical power supply system will be equipped with substations with Hesop technology, the Alstom solution for reversible substations that allows recovering and transferring more than 99% of the energy generated by the braking of the trains. This energy can be reused in the electrical network of the stations for services such as escalators, lighting and ventilation.