The New Metro Subway System in Panama Will Be Ready And Operational By The End of 2013
Tuesday, June 05 2012 @ 12:16 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
LATEST DETAILS - Roberto Roy, the executive secretary of the Metro, confirmed that total cost of the project cost is $1.8 billion dollars, of which 37% has already been used to pay for the 33% of the work that has already been completed. According to Roy, the new subway system in Panama will move riders from one end of the city to the other in just 23 minutes, however, he did not specify the actual cost that will be paid in order to ride the subway. Roy said payment method that will be used by subway riders is in the final adjustments. He said they must first 'unify' with the Mi Bus company, which is in charge of the fleet of Metro buses, because they want riders to be able to pay for both the Metro Buses and the Metro Subway system using one single card. The assessment should establish the number of users who will use these two services. (Siglo)
Editor's Comment: It better be ready and operational by the end of December 2013 - Martinelli is betting the farm on this one. If something happens and the project is not ready to go before the May 2014 elections then there will be hell to pay. This really is an ambitious project which will change Panama - big upgrade. Then the CD's message will be -"Did you like that trick? Want to see Line 2 and Line 3? Then vote for us again..." Their fundamental underlying political strategy is to work like "crazy" to improve the country, and then trust that people will recognize them for their hard work and the improvements they've installed. Hard to beat. Yeah, sure, their opponents will be nipping at their heels the whole time, but most of that is just politically motivated crap, or jealously, or greed because they want to be the ones spending the billions of dollars, or they don't want to pay taxes, or whatever. It's hard to argue with tangible results.