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Thursday, November 15 2018 @ 10:43 PM UTC

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Director Of Sonda Resigned.

Cars & TransportationThe resignation of Daniel Guerra, managing director of National Processing Company Data (Sonda), financial manager of the Metro Bus transportation system surprised the authorities.

It was learned unofficially that the resignation of Guerra was due to personal reasons, but the fact is this happened because he missed the deadline given by the Transit Authority (ATTT) for compliance with the thousand points of sale and recharge of bus cards.

After the resignation of Guerra, President Ricardo Martinelli said he did not know the reason Guerra resigned, but said the company should be responsible and comply with what was agreed in the contract. (Dia A Dia)

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ATTT Will Evaluate The Contract With Sonda To See If They Place A Fine

Cars & TransportationThe time given by the Transit Authority (ATTT) to the Sociedad Nacional of Data Processing (Sonda) for the enablement of a thousand sail and recharge stalls for bus cards expired today.

The ATTT is scheduled to conduct an inspection and verify if the company is complying with this pattern of the concession contract on Monday, as financial managers of the Metro Bus transport system.

On RPC Radio, Roberto Moreno, ATTT director, said if the Sonda company fails to comply with the thousand points, they will apply $ 2,080 per day as a fine. (Telemetro)

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Mi Bus Requests Users To Remain Calm After Incident in The Metro Bus

Cars & TransportationThe company Mi Bus, in charge of the public transport system in the city, called out to the Metro Bus users to remain calm before any incident that may occur.

This was reported, after a mishap yesterday, Friday May 17, in the unit 0385 which caused the emission of smoke inside the vehicle.

According to a company statement, the incident caused panic among the people who were on board who tried to evacuate the Metro Bus, leaving nine people with minor injuries.

The company reported they all received medical attention and were able to continue their journey.

"At no time did this incident threaten the integrity of the users. We want to remind that the vehicle security mechanisms have demonstrated their high reliability, and this should be taken into account by the users, so they can evacuate the bus in order in the case of similar circumstances, to prevent additional effects," stated a press release. (Panama America)

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Via Porras Will Become A One-Way Street To Via Espana

Cars & TransportationIn a statement, the Transit and Land Transportation Authority (ATTT) reported that as of Wednesday, May 15, Avenida Belisario Porras (Via Porras) will change to be a one-way road to Via Espana from its first street.

He also explained the vehicles coming from El Carmen sector can only turn left and right on Via Espana.

Due to this, the institution requested to be cautious and comply with the established signals and provisions. (TVN)

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First Subway's Wagon is Shipped To Panama

Cars & TransportationThe Executive Secretary of the Panama Subway and Minister of Canal Affairs, Engineer Roberto Roy, reported through his Twitter account that "the Panama Metro’s Train has been shipped to Panama".

The trains are built in the factory of the French company Alstom located in Barcelona.

The first phase of Metro Line 1 will have 19 trains with a total of 57 wagons, with a maximum capacity of 250 people per wagon, calculated based on having 8 individuals per square meter.

At full capacity, Line 1 of the Panama Metro will have a fleet of 42 trains of 5 wagons per train, which will allow the system to meet the demand at that time.

Last April 18, in the XXI Expocomer 2013, a real scale model of the wagon of Panama Metro was presented. (Panama America)

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Heavier Traffic Due To New Schedule

Cars & TransportationThe change of schedules of the government officials as part of the savings plant enforced by the Government since yesterday due to the water level issue in the Bayano and Fortuna hydroelectric plants, responsible of generating 52.76% of the country’s energy, was chaotic.

Angry drivers, desperate taxi drivers, over crowded bus stops; all of this was part of the scenario since 5:00 a.m. due to the major traffic jam caused by the large amount of vehicles heading over to their jobs before 6:00 a.m. through the main roads of the city.

The officials’ workday began at 7:30 a.m. and one hour before there were reports of large lines of cars on the Arraijan-La Chorrera highway, which reached up to the Westland Mall, on the road Jose Domingo Diaz and the Ricardo J. Alfaro.

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Facing the new schedule, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on force for 10 days, citizens will experience two rush hours.

According to the director of Road Safety from the Traffic and Land Transportation Authority, Carlos Ayuso, these will be at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., when, respectively, government officials and workers from the private sector leave their offices.

To minimize the impact of vehicular traffic, the ATTT and the Transit Police will be conducting operations at the critical areas. (El Siglo)

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98% Of The Diablo Rojo Owners Have Been Compensated

Cars & TransportationAbout 98% of the owners of the Diablo Rojos have been compensated, stated by the Minister of Government, Jorge Ricardo Fábrega.

Fábrega said owners which have not received their payment yet haven't received it because they do not meet all the documents required by the Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT).

He said the number of construction which are being built across the capital have limited the Metro Bus system by 100%.

He said there has been questioning directed to the transportation system without elemental, concrete judgments. He asked the costumers to be patient about the bus stops.

Fábrega said the bus stops have already been built, and the only thing which is missing, is the construction of more pay zones.

He added on Noticias AM "there is process of execution, which is taking its time and the entire project must be completed before we make assessments about it."

Meanwhile, he refused to annul the contracts with the Mi Bus and Sonda, to make way for other transportation systems in the country.

"Currently we are in a transition process. The adjustments are being made, as well as public infrastructure investments," he said. (Panama America)

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New Schedule Will Create Chaos

Cars & TransportationThe new schedule established by the Government starting today and for the next five to 10 days, from 7:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. for public institutions, will cause more anxiety within public transportation users.

According to Valentin Monforte, president of the Planning Commission and Transportation Association of Business Executives (APEDE), the number of people in the streets and the constant complaints from the users regarding the lack of frequency of the metro buses will break havoc.

Although the new schedule for Government officials will help traffic in the city, the Metro Bus service must cope with the users’ demand. In this regard, Mi Bus reported they will address the needs of users during this savings measure. Entities such as the General Comptroller and the Public Registry will be working in their regular schedules.(El Siglo)

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Bus Schedules Adjusted To Serve Government Employee Work Schedule Changes

Cars & TransportationThe company Mi Bus reported they will be making adjustments to meet the new work schedule for government employees that will take effect starting tomorrow, Monday, 6 May 2013, due to electricity rationing.

"This situation implies a change in the habits of public transportation users, to which the system must respond accordingly with the adjustment process", said the company in a statement.

The company is working to change their bus schedules in order to meet the demand, said the note.

Last Thursday the President ordered the implementation of energy saving measures, including a change in the work schedule for government employees, who will be working from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm for public offices. (Panama America)

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SONDA Has Not Established The Required 1,000 Metro Bus Recharge Stations

Cars & TransportationDespite a fine and a 30 day term given to the company SONDA on 19 April 2013 by the Transportation Authority (ATTT), the company has not established 1,000 sales points and recharge centers where bus riders can recharge the electronic cards used to pay for bus fare on the Metro Bus public transportation system, as established in their contract with the government.

According to Roberto Moreno, the Director of the ATTT, a deadline had been set for 19 May 2013. If they fail to comply they will face a daily fine of $2,800.

"SONDA is establishing sales points and recharge centers for the cards, but they have not reached one thousand centers," said Moreno.

Daniel Guerra, the Manager of Sonda, said the company is working to establish more stations and automatic kiosks to improve service. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: No matter what happens, the government of Panama will make the Metro Bus a political "positive" before the next national elections in May 2014. As of right now the opposition has been successful in exploiting the delays in service and complaints by riders to create a perception of a net "negative." Fixing this perception will become one of the most important priorities of the Martinelli administration over the next year. And if that means kicking Sonda in the nuts repeatedly until they provide better service, then so be it. "The beatings will continue until morale improves..."

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