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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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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. (more)

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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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The Cabinet Approved Free Pass Through North And South Corridor For December

Cars & TransportationThe Cabinet Council approved to not charge the fee at the North and South Corridor during the 7, 23, 24, 30 and 31 of December for all users, which will help reduce traffic in the city.

These days were determined by the Cabinet as “free pass” in both corridors for these days which are critical to economy during the month of December due to all the Christmas shopping going on and the activities particular of this month.

This initiative was already announced by President Ricardo Martinelli during the inauguration of the second phase of the Via Brasil Corridor, phase I. (Dia A Dia)

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Minister Asks For An Investigation On The Graffiti Painted On The Panama Metro

Cars & TransportationThe Minister of Trade and Industries, Ricardo Quijano, said the Metro Secretary must start an investigation after one of the trains of the Metro was painted with graffiti.

Quijano said these trains are highly watched, which is why it is necessary to know how these people were allowed to access the area to paint it.

The official said security must be strengthened at the workshops of the Metro, where some of the trains are located.

Many citizens report this event

On Tuesday afternoon users from different social networks were surprised when a picture with one of the trains appeared to be painted with graffiti.

The art of this graffiti quickly received both praise and criticism by those who defended and condemned this action.

The Metro Secretary issued a statement saying they regret this event, and said that the workshops of Albrook “is a high-voltage area, and anyone who tries to attempt anything against this public asset will likely by affected, and even electrocuted.”

It is still unknown who is responsible for this act. (Critica)

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Millionaire Project At The South Corridor

Cars & TransportationThe South Corridor will be expanded at a cost of $509 million, according to an environmental impact study (EIA) presented last month by the company of Associated Civil Engineers to the National Environment Authority for its approval.

The 400-page document says the project has four elements: the expansion of the corridor at a cost of $146 million; a land fill of 44 hectares in front of the Atlapa of $153 million; an viaduct from the Atlapa up to the Coastal Beltway one for $160 million; and the connection of Ave. 12 de octubre with the South Corridor known as the Ernesto T. Lefevre branch, at a cost of $50 million.

The expansion and extension project of the corridor will cover five towns: San Francisco, Parque Lefevre, Juan Díaz, Las Mañanitas and Bella Vista.

The EIA says the construction of these four components might take four years, and the works of the highway expansion together with the land fill will start before May 2014.

However, the report also says this will create two major impacts. The first is the modification of the landscape and the second is that it will affect our historic heritage, because creating this extension at the Ernesto T. Lefevre the Morelos statue is going to be removed, located at the historical site of Panamá Viejo.

For the completion of this EIA 4 thousand people in the places where this is going to be constructed were consulted.

Some of the interviewed were residents and even members of organizations from the civil society. (Prensa)

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The North And South Corridor Will Be Free In December

Cars & TransportationThe National Government decided to leave the North and South Corridor free of charge during certain days in December to reduce traffic.

This was confirmed by President Ricardo Martinelli, who explained they will do this for the 8, 24 and 31 of December at expense of the State. “The State will pay for this because we really need to increase traffic flow in the city.”

The president gave this statement during the opening ceremony of the second phase of the Via Brasil Corridor.

This phase was going to be completed by the end of January, according to the estimate made by the Minister of Public Works, Jaime Ford; however, the president said they will also open the road in Calle 50 to reduce traffic by the end of the year.

The road opened yesterday cost $216 million and includes a viaduct over the Transistmica, as well as a roundabout and a tunnel that goes through this road towards El Paical and connects with Via Israel. This last stage will open in two days.

The Government is going to open several road works in the next few days.

Ford said many projects will be opened during the first quarter of 2014, some of these are the works at the Casco Antiguo, the third phase of the Coastal Beltway, the North Corridor at the 24 de Diciembre, the improvements at the Domingo Díaz Avenue and the integration project of the roads in Tocumen.

The work opened yesterday was carried out by the company FCC and delivered seven months before to its original deadline according to the report given by Víctor Alverola, president of FCC in Central America.

Even though the Minister Ford explained how these works will aid traffic in the city, he also said this institution is aware and responsible for repairing the roads in the Simon Bolivar and Via España, once they finish the Panama Metro, which should take place after February. (Panama America)

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The Via Brasil Corridor Will Be Opened On Friday

Cars & TransportationThe last details of the works on the Via Brasil Corridor will be concluded on November 29, a project that seeks to reduce traffic in this area of the city.

This road, connecting Paical with Tumba Muerto, cost $216 million.

Approximately 600 thousand drivers will be benefited by the construction of this road which will be of free use.

Some drivers hope this will help reduce traffic, while others doubt it will be of any help.

On the other hand, businessmen in the area were affected by the constriction of this work, and they hope their businesses get better once this is finished.

The viaduct in Via Israel will be opened next Tuesday, which is also expected to help reduce traffic considerably. (TVN)

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