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Tuesday, September 18 2018 @ 08:57 PM UTC

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93,655 Vehicles Have Traveled To The Country Side Since November 1st

Cars & TransportationThe Transit Authority informed a total of 93,655 have traveled to the countryside since November 1.

According to the latest report from the ATTT, until 1:00 p.m. the total of vehicles traveling towards Panama was 62,353. (Dia A Dia)

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Roy Said Floods Are Not Going To Affect The Panama Metro

Cars & TransportationThe executive secretary of the Panama Metro, Roberto Roy, said the structures of the new transportation system in the city are not prone to flooding.

Roy said they were a bit concerned at first about the possibility of water being filtered through the underground stations when sewers are clogged in the main roads of the city.

However, Roy said they have taken the necessary measures to not let this happen. He said they were concerned at first and they did some changes in the designs, because there was the possibility of a street being flooded, pipes being clogged, and water would be going through the top and down the escalators.

He said they understand this is a concern for the citizens, but they did all the changes in the areas where they installed all the stations to avoid issues related to water being leaked through the structure.

He also said “we have been very careful with this and have taken all the measures to avoid this from happening. There shouldn’t be any floods in the Metro.”

The Panama Metro has a 90% progress at the moment. This week, the Minister of the Presidency, Roberto Henríquez, presented a draft bill to create the company Metro de Panamá, S.A. to administrate the Metro subway system.

The proposal was approved yesterday on first hearing by the Committee of Economy and Finances of the National Assembly. The document says 100% of the shares of this company will be owned by the Government. (Prensa)

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Pirate Buses Will Now Be Legal

Cars & TransportationFrom 29 October 2013 until 15 January 2014, a group of drivers from the so called “pirate buses” in the area of Torrijos Carter, Alcalde Díaz and San Miguelito will have their permits to provide the service.

This decision was approved yesterday morning at the Transportation Committee of the National Assembly (AN).

According to the president of this Committee, the deputy Marcos González, this permission was granted to resolve the issue faced by many users of this service every day.

González said the permits will only be granted to those drivers who presented the draft before the AN, because they all have their papers in order.

González did not specify the amount of drivers who will be able to transit without any inconvenience.

The vehicles of these drivers will be identified with signs, said the deputy.

The operations schedule of these buses will be from 4:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

The deputy said after 15 January these drivers will stop providing this service.

María García, one of the residents in Torrijos Carter, said this is a good initiative, because the Metro buses do not go by so often in this area.

García, who uses this service, said these temporary permits represent more security for the users because they have to use these pirate buses every day to go to their jobs or homes. (Siglo)

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The Authorities Are Considering "Carpooling" As A Solution For Traffic

Cars & TransportationTVN asked the authorities about the “Carpool” proposal presented by the Trade Chamber, and they thought it was feasible.

“Carpooling”, is the sharing of car journeys so that more than one person travels in a car. The idea of the Trade Chamber is to make this happen between coworkers.

The First Lady, Marta Linares de Martinelli, said this is a great initiative because coworkers can save money by traveling together.

Meanwhile the City Mayor, Roxana Méndez, said those who have to take public transportation—70% of the Panamanian population—will be benefited with this.

On the other hand, Panamanians said they have always done this, but said they must first see if this measure brings any benefits. (TVN)

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A Bus Caught Fire In Chiriqui

Cars & TransportationA school bus from the route David – Boquete caught fire this morning on the road towards Boquete, in David.

According to the passengers, who managed to escape on time, they first heard an explosion and the fire started.

The firemen in the area arrived at the site in a couple of minutes to control the fire, which destroyed much of the vehicle. (Mi Diario)

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The Trains Of The Panama Metro Will Be Tested

Cars & TransportationThe Panama Metro Secretary will start testing the trains of the vehicle fleet of the Metro line.

For the operation, they will power up for 24 hours the overhead feed line in charge of transmitting electrical energy to the elevated section, therefore they warned it will be generating high-voltage energy, representing a personal risk.

The entity said 10 out of the 19 trains will be running along the route as part of this phase of the project. It will go all the way from the future Center of Operations and Maintenance of the System located at the Field and Workshops of Albrook until Los Andes N° 2, at speeds up to 80 kilometers per hour, which is its top speed.

They also warned that pedestrians or workers of the project will not be allowed to access the rail of the Metro and this will be established as an important security measure during the handling and behavior protocols inside the construction project of the Metro.

The tests will help to watch the behavior of the trains in straight lines, curves, acceleration and when braking. (Panama America)

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The Vehicular Bridge In Tumba Muerto Is Finally Inaugurated

Cars & TransportationOne of the works of the project Section 1 of the Via Brasil Corridor, which includes a vehicular bridge in the intersection of the Ricardo J. Alfaro and Via Brasil, also known as the “Plaza Edison Bridge,” will be inaugurated today.

The project, with investments exceeding $200 million, has three levels: a vehicular bridge over Tumba Muerto for both ways, a roundabout and an underpass in both ways from and to the Juan Pablo II road.

The minister of Public Works, Jaime Ford, announced they will completely open the vehicular bridge on Transistmica by November and by December the ones currently being built in Via Israel and Calle 50. (Critica)

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The Extension Of The Metro Subway System Has Started

Cars & TransportationWorks for the expansion of line 1 of the Metro Subway System all the way to San Isidro have started and have a new elevated section.

The works are expected to be done by June 2014, and after this they will inaugurate the new section by the end of the same year.

At the place you can already see backhoe excavators and dozens of workers preparing the field to start this project.

According to the engineer Agustín Arias, from the Metro Secretariat, this is going to be an elevated section of 2.3 kilometers long, including an air terminal, but planned to be used together with the Metro Bus.

They explained that to enter San Isidro a new bridge was going to be built, and the pedestrian walkways of this area and Ojo de Agua will remain in place, but the Metro would go over these.

Arias said they have an advanced design due to the presence of the North Corridor bridge, in order to create the space to build the railway under the bridge.

He said they don’t know how much this extension is going to cost.

On Tuesday the National Assembly asked for additional 7 million dollars to cover some of the expenses of the works in San Isidro. (TVN)

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The Panama Metro Will Operate For Free During January 2014

Cars & TransportationThe Line One of the Panama Metro Subway System will start operating for free during January 2014. This was reported by the Presidency Minister, Roberto Henríquez.

The Metro was used for the first time on September 13. This first test of the Metro—which travelled 2.5 kilometers and took 8 minutes—was done from the yards and workshops in Albrook until the station in the 5 de Mayo.

The whistle indicating the train was about to take off was activated by President Ricardo Martinelli. Over 100 hundred people traveled in the wagon of the train No. 1109, between the authorities and the media.

In regards to the cost of the fare, the Minister of Economy and Finances, Frank De Lima, said it could be between 60 cents to one dollar. The official said the final decision and the subsidy granted by the Government will be known by the ends of the month. (Prensa)

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Bus Drivers Will Go On Strike On Monday

Cars & TransportationOn Monday, over 200 drivers from the bus routes in Cañitas, Agua Fría and Darien-Panama will stop providing the service for 24 hours.

The main leaders of these routes announced they would go on strike yesterday after they had a meeting.

The president of the National Transportation Chamber (Canatra), Dionisio Ortega, said the drivers are going to protest because they have been requesting the Transit Authority (ATTT) since August 1 to remove the fines they applied to these drivers for providing the service out of their route and picking up passengers from Chepo.

The drivers said these tickets are illegal because they have their operation certificates and four concession arrangements of routes with the cooperative house San Cristóbal.

After the complaints from the drivers, a source from the ATTT informed the entity is enforcing its regulations, which is why the drivers must follow the rules. (Siglo)

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