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Tuesday, November 20 2018 @ 11:31 AM UTC

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Metro Bus Ran Over A Pedestrian

Cars & TransportationUnit 787 from the Metro Bus of the route Calle 12 – Avenida B- Gimnasio Marañón ran over a woman, leaving her left arm severely injured.

According to witnesses, the woman was not careful and she crossed the street without checking if there was a vehicle going on the road.

The lady was assisted immediately by paramedics from the Social Security Fund.

The company is on top of the health condition of the woman and requested the users and passerby to be more careful when they cross the street near buses. (Panama America)

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New Regulation For Motorcyclists Issued By The ATTT Takes Effect

Cars & TransportationStarting from today the regulation from the Transit Authority demanding the use of reflective vests takes effect, and according to some motorcyclists it is important for their safety.

The ATTT said it can be a vest, jacket or any other type of clothing, and it must be used between 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. every day, without exceptions.

The authorities also informed whoever does not wear the reflective vest will be fined with 75 dollars.

This vest must carry 2 reflective tapes, of at least 5x2 inches and attached to the back of the vest.

They must also carry reflective vests on the front, but the measures will be half of the ones from the back.

They won’t have to use the number of their license plates on their helmets and vest for now. This was decided after a negotiation between the authorities and the motorcyclists. (TVN)

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The Panama Metro Fare Will Be Known By September

Cars & TransportationThe minister of the Panama Canal Affairs and secretary of the Panama Metro, Roberto Roy, confirmed they will reveal the cost of the Metro fare by the end of September.

"The entire construction phase of the Panama Metro was already finished and we are now verifying certain details,” he said.

Roy said in the near future they will remove the bridge in San Miguelito. “The first station of Line Two will be built right where the bridge is, and it will be extended until the end of the East sector,” he said.

Administration of the Metro

The official said they made an agreement with the consultants of the metro in Barcelona so they can send a team of experts that will live in Panama for three years and they will train over 30 people who will be in charge of managing the Metro.

He also said the program Metrocultura will be aired soon so the people can understand how this new transportation system will work.

The capacity of the system is 15 thousand people per hour. (Panama America)

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The City Government Confiscated 32 License Plates During An Operation

Cars & TransportationThe Municipality of Panama organized an operation in the city and could determine that 32 vehicles did not have the license plate corresponding to the year 2013 and summoned the owners to pay their taxes at the Municipality.

The activity, which is usually carried out through different avenues of the city, was done in front of the Cervecería Nacional in Tumba Muerto.

The officials from the City Government of Panama are using the latest technology through which they access a database and verify the license plate number in order to check if the vehicle does not have the permits to transit around the country.

The Municipality of Panama, depending on the license plate number, gives the license plates at the centers in Balboa, Plaza Agora, Parque Lefevre, Pedregal, Mercado de Buhonería in the 5 de Mayo and at the Hatillo building. (Estrella)

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Taxi Drivers Request To Test The Ethanol With The Presidential Plane First

Cars & TransportationTaxi drivers from the city requested to use the gasoline with ethanol in the presidential plane, to see if it works first so the rest of the citizens can use it after it has been tested.

The leaders from several groups of this sector suggest it should be used from six to seven months in the presidential plane, or in vehicles owned by the Government, to see if it’s worth it to apply the measure across the country, therefore avoiding mistakes.

Taxi drivers from different stations had a meeting in the morning where they talked about the issue; they, as well as their users, are afraid this new mixture might affect their vehicles.

Fuel with 5% of ethanol was supposed to start being used on September 1st according to the Decree; however, President Martinelli announced he is going to request a 15 day extension prior to its use for consultation. (Telemetro)

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Martinelli Said He Might Cancel The Contract With Mi Bus And Sonda

Cars & TransportationPresident Ricardo Martinelli complains once again about the public transportation service. In fact, he even said he might cancel the contracts with the companies Mi Bus and Sonda.

“I am so involved in the transportation issue that I even told Mi Bus I would cancel the contract with them,” said the president.

In TVN News, Martinelli said Mi Bus said they would improve the service. When he talked about Sonda, the President said the company provides a “terrible” service when it comes to recharging the cards.

“Sonda is useless (…) they are completely useless,” he said. “I’m about to cancel the contract with Sonda,” he emphasized.

The President said the transportation improvement in the country has been very traumatic. He also said he didn’t know the population was so unsatisfied with the service. (Prensa)

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Man Steals A Red Devil

Cars & TransportationA man stole a “red devil” from the Chilibre – Calidonia route and used it to pick up passengers during the entire day.

But his whole business ended when he was detained at Santa Eduviges after a report filed by the owner of the vehicle.

According to the deputy commissioner Ricki González, the subject resisted arrest in Belen, Tocumen, after a police entered the bus and asked him to stop without succeeding.

TVN said the man endangered all the passengers because he refused to stop and even fought with the police, and then he left the vehicle while it was moving, until he was stopped at Santa Eduviges. (Mi Diario)

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Gasoline Will Go Up After It's Mixed With Ethanol In September

Cars & TransportationStarting on September, 91 and 95 octane gasoline will go up in price. Their price will go slightly go up, according to the Energy Department, because they will contain 5% of ethanol, according to the established in Law 42 from 2011.

According to the Energy Secretary, Vicente Prescott, this mixture of gasoline and ethanol will not cause any harm in vehicles.

The law establishes that by 2010 gasoline must have had 10 per cent of ethanol, which is produced by the fermentation of sugars.

This mixture will be sold this year in the city of Panama. By 2014 it will already be distributed throughout the entire country. (TVN)

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Users Are Unaware Of The New Pay Zones For The Metro Bus

Cars & TransportationThe authorities are currently building 21 pay zones for the users of the Metro Bus, through which they expect the service to improve and finally end with the long lines. By the end of August, according to the authorities, the pay zones from Marañon, Balboa, Los Pueblos and La Cabima will start operating.

However, people say they don’t know how these will actually work.

The pay zones that are being built for the users of the Metro Bus are structures under a roof, with information about the schedule of the services, security systems and booths for recharging the cards. This is what the transit authority and the ministry of the Presidency, Roberto Henríquez, are describing.

To access the pay zone the card must be swiped through a machine which registers that the transportation fee has been paid, and then you go and make the line to board the Metro Bus. (TVN)

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Mi Bus Talks About The Driver Who Abandoned The Bus Twice Along The Route

Cars & TransportationYesterday, the driver of a Metro Bus was filmed abandoning the bus twice and leaving all of the passengers trapped inside the bus.

The company Mi Bus talked about the situation through a press release, regarding the unit 0543 operated by a driver who was filmed while he was leaving the bus for no apparent reason, stating they carried out the necessary investigations to gather the facts and determine what was his motivation behind this.

Mi Bus stated the operator had an inconvenience with some of the users who were trying to get in the bus without paying, but the operator continued with his route as planned.

Mi Bus stated the users were arguing with the operator and this situation scared him, which is why he left the vehicle to look for help.

"Leaving a vehicle while they are in transit is against the established internal procedures. In this case we took the necessary disciplinary actions within the internal work laws, the philosophy and the spirit that guide all our activities for the benefit of the city and all of the users of this system,” concluded the press release. (TVN)

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