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Panama-Guide.com Top Level Category - Getting Around Panama

Transportation is a critical, especially for someone trying to find their way around a new place. Most people see Panama for the first time from the window of an airplane. After clearing immigration, collecting your luggage and passing through customs you emerge onto the curb and need - a ride. All of the articles in this section of the Panama-Guide.com website have "getting around" or some kind of transportation as a common thread. Here you will find articles on the joys of catching a taxi in Panama, colorfully painted Diablo Rojo buses, the passenger train that can take you from one ocean to another in about an hour, and more mundane challenges like finding a good mechanic for your Hummer. If you require additional information about this or any other category of information regarding the Republic of Panama please take advantage of our powerful in-house search engine. And if you still can't find what you're looking for try sending in a request for information. If you like what you see please consider recommending Panama-Guide.com to your friends. Our dedicated readers make us the #1 English Language Website about the Republic of Panama. Salud.
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Tow Trucks - On The Hunt For Illegally Parked Vehicles

Cars & TransportationThe fine for leaving your car illegally parked have increased in recent years, and with this cars that are towed are taken to "corrals" distributed throughout the city. (more)

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"Pirate" Taxi Drivers Meet With National Assembly President

Cars & TransportationDrivers of "pirate" taxis met with the President of the National Assembly, Adolfo Valderrama, and the president of the Transport Committee, Diogenes Vergara in the Legislature. (more)

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Government Warns Pirate Bus Drivers "We Are Not Going To Negotiate With Illegals"

Cars & TransportationYesterday the Cabinet Council decided to create a commission that will renegotiate the contract with the company MiBus. (more)

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Copa Airlines to offer extra Panama flights during holidays

Cars & TransportationCopa Airlines will offer more flights from Tampa to Panama City, Panama during the upcoming holiday season.

The additional flights will run from Nov. 17 to Jan. 3, the airline said Monday.

"We're looking to go daily which is important for the business community to have that nice daily coverage," said Joseph Mohan, a Copa senior vice president. "We'll see how it goes in the high season, and if it does well, then we'll continue with that as a daily flight going forward."

Copa already offers four flights a week between Tampa and Panama. (Press Release)

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Deputy Marcos Gonzalez Denies Owning Pirate Buses

Cars & TransportationThe National Assembly Deputy from the Democratic Change political party, Marcos Gonzalez, said on Friday he is not the owner of a "pirate" bus business, as he has been accused in the news media. (more)

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Martinelli Gives Mi Bus An Ultimatum - Contract Will Be Cancelled If Service Does Not Improve

Cars & TransportationThe president, Ricardo Martinelli, gave an ultimatum to the Mi Bus company due to the constant complaints received about bad service from Metrobus by users who spend hours at bus stops, waiting to board a bus to take them to their destinations.

"Change your batteries, because I will rescind the contract," were the words of warning from Martinelli for the company, for them to do something about the matter, to resolve the problem of low efficiency in their service. "... I'm already bored," he said about the topic.

The president made his remarks at a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new Agricultural Market of Pueblo Nuevo. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: These problems with the Metro Bus should have been fixed a long time ago. Martinelli doesn't want anything negative at this point, and the Metro Bus - replacing all of the old and rusting "Red Devils" - should have been seen as one of his administration's biggest accomplishments. However lingering problems with poor service remain.

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No Toll Fees During Christmas Eve At The Corridors

Cars & TransportationIn order to speed up traffic in the city, the North and South Corridors will be free of charge on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24.

The Cabinet Council approved through the resolution #206 the expedited pass through the corridors on the December 7, 23, 24, 30 and 31 in order to increase traffic flow during the holidays, especially during the days when commercial activity is on its peak.

The State will have to pay $2 million to the National Highway Company (ENA) for the days when the North and South Corridor will be free. (Panama America)

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The Two New Lines Of The Panama Metro Will Cost $4 Billion

Cars & TransportationThe Ministry of Economy and Finances estimated $4 billion for the second and third line of the Panama Metro Subway System.

This estimate was revealed during a telephone conference between the Minister Frank De Lima with international investors, to whom he presented the economic agenda of the country and the projects they plan on executing.

The second phase of the Project will be tendered by this government.

Investment breakdown

$2 billion is the cost of a second line of the Panama Metro.

$1.8 billion will be needed for a third expansion of the project. (Prensa)

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The ATTT Will Install Cameras On April

Cars & TransportationRoberto Moreno, director of the Transit Authority (ATTT), said cameras to measure speed will start functioning in the country between the months of April and May.

He said the camera system is currently not working.

Before activating these cameras, according to Moreno, they will develop a campaign to inform drivers about their operation and location.

Moreno explained they seek to minimize traffic accidents through these cameras.

He said these cameras will be placed around 20 different areas of the city, including the Centennial Bridge.

The official said these cameras work in real time, and will apply fines to those drivers who are speeding. The legal speed limit is up to 60 km/hour.

The concession for the installation of these cameras and the issuing of traffic ticket was awarded to the company Traffic Safety de Panama by the ATTT. (Critica)

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Line 2 Of The Metro Subway System Will Not Affect Via Tocumen

Cars & TransportationLine 2 of the Panama Metro Subway System has not been called for tender, but what we know is it’s going to go over via Domingo Díaz (Tocumen), which concerns users as these new works might affect the expansion (still not finished) of this important road.

The engineer Carlos Ho, director of Special Projects from the Ministry of Public Works (MOP), said they have studied this from a technical, environmental and social point of view, and so far there’s no risk of ruining the expansion.

“There’s enough space on the road to avoid this from affecting the works we are doing, but the final decision has to be made by the Metro Secretariat, not us,” said the official. (Critica)

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