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New Vehicular Bridge Over Ricardo J. Alfaro (Tumba Muerto) Will Help Traffic Flow

Cars & Transportation La Prensa - The construction of a new vehicular bridge at the intersection of Ricardo J. Alfaro (Tumba Muerto) with the Avenida de la Paz (the road that goes into Cerro Patacón) and Villa Cáceres, that started on 14 January 2008 at a cost of more than $28 million dollars is now 71% finished, according to Panama's Ministry of Public Works (MOP). The construction, which is being completed by CONALVIAS S.A., should facilitate the flow of traffic and will help provide access to the two primary highways carrying vehicles toward Colón and La Chorrera and the Centennial Bridge. The total cost of the project includes the cost of indemnifications paid to residents in the area who were affected by the construction of new infrastructure, earth moving, and the placement of the new pillars that will support the bridge. It is estimated construction on the project will be completed by July 2009.
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Jackknifed Truck Blocks Road to Centennial Bridge

Cars & Transportation By Denise Lara for Telemetro Reporta Early this morning an 18 wheeler carrying a heavy container loaded with scrap metal jackknifed on the road leading from the Centennial Bridge towards Panama City near the National Baseball stadium. The accident caused traffic to be blocked for about an hour and a half in both directions while the disabled truck and container were cleared from the roadway. Some people were able to turn around and use other routes to arrive at their destinations, but most just stayed in their vehicles and waited for the accident to be cleared. Apparently the driver lost his brakes and control of the truck, causing the accident. No one was injured.
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Traffic Pattern Changes in Banking District

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - There have been some changes made to the traffic flow in the banking district, specifically between Ave. Balboa and Calle 50 and the area near the Hotel Marriott. Thanks to Russ for sending me this map:

The map says it all. There's an ATTT press release which describes the same changes depicted on the map, but you can figure it out.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Lane Closings On Ave Balboa To Allow For Cinta Costera Construction

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Due to the ongoing construction of the "Cinta Costera" (Coastal Strip) or expansion of Ave. Balboa, starting on Monday 5 January 2009 from Ave. Balboa to Via Israel there will only be one lane open for traffic. In addition, Vía Italia will only be open to traffic in the morning hours. Work on the project is expected to continue until at least June 2009. Traffic in the area will be significantly restricted until the project is completed.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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All Taxis Must Be Painted Yellow No Later Than 30 May 2009

Cars & Transportation By Saúl Quintero Quirós for El Siglo - In Panama City there are still 16,800 taxis that still have to be painted yellow. The owners of these vehicles have just a very short time in order to comply with the new regulations from the Ground Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT) which mandates that all taxis nation-wide must be painted yellow by 30 May 2009. According to the director of the ATTT, Heraclio Batiste, there are about 28,000 taxis in Panama City, and of those about 40% or 11,200 cars have already been painted. And although the regulation dates back to June of 2006, and the ATTT has already granted one extension, there are still more than 16,000 taxis circulating the city of various colors said Batiste, when remembering the extension requested by the Taxi Board of Directors that has already been granted. But, in spite of changes, such as the zoning, which represented an increase in the tariffs and a reduction in the cost of fuel, car owners still have to overcome the cost of painting the cars at a price of between $500 to $900 dollars. For the secretary of the National Union of Bases of Transport of Taxis (UNBATT), González Marks, are a situation that stops some of the proprietors is difficult, but where the majority is conscious of the necessity to fulfill the norm. “Many must fulfill a series of documents as they are the new registry to carry, certification of the change of color and inscription of the car for the selective transport service”, said González. The carrier leader criticized that very few agencies of cars bring yellow cars, which is a problem.
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Copa increases next-generation Boeing 737 order

Cars & TransportationNEW YORK (AP) - Copa Airlines of Panama is ordering four additional Boeing 737-800 aircraft, Copa Holdings and Boeing Co. said late Tuesday The next-generation 737s will be delivered within the next three years. In total, Copa has now ordered 13 of the planes from Chicago-based Boeing. Panama City-based Copa currently has 42 aircraft in its fleet, and 27 of those are 737-800s. Up to 160 passengers can fit in the aircraft, with 144 seats in the main cabin and 16 in executive class.
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Road to Bocas Reopened After Landslides Last Friday

Cars & TransportationLa Estrella - Members of SINAPROC and employees from the Ministry of Public Works began the labor of repairing the road and cleaning up in the sector of Rambala, Changuinola, one of the points most affected by landslides caused by heavy rains last Friday. Authorities now have the road reopened, but with restrictions after 6:00 pm due to the risks.

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Government Bid for 420 New Buses Coming in January

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By Santiago Cumbrera for the Panama America - Starting on Monday morning the Panamanian government will begin the process of approving the charge sheets for the bidding process to purchase the first 420 new buses in a public act that will be witnessed by a notary public and held on 15 January 2009. The bid will he held amid complaints from some transportation workers charging that some presidents of bus yards signed an indemnification proposal from the government to "remove them from the system." Those partnerships and companies interested in selling the new buses to the government that will replace the "Red Devils" will meet at the Transit Authority at 10:00 am on Monday morning. The company that wins the bid - determined by the government to represent the best overall value - must assume the responsibility of preventative maintenance of the buses for the first 250,000 kilometers. According to the charge sheet (or instructions for the bidding process) the buses must have a capacity for 80 to 90 passengers, automatic transmission, and air conditioning. In addition, the concessionaire will have to have a space of at least 3,500 square meters to store the units.
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And Then There's The Traffic Accidents...

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I know there's nothing really interesting going on in Panama when the evening news consists of little more than street crime and traffic accidents. Last night and this morning were like that - a steady stream of car vs. bus, car vs. power pole, taxi vs. car, what have you. When they have nothing else to talk about, the camera crews and reporters will park in front of the entrance to the Emergency Room at the Santo Tomas hospital and film every poor battered soul that comes rolling in. To me, that's the same as saying "there's nothing else worth talking about going on." Oh yeah, there were a bunch of traffic accidents yesterday. Thought you might like to know, but of course that statement will be true today, tomorrow, and every day for the rest of my life. Don't worry, I'll only break it out when I'm bored.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Proposal To Ease Traffic Jams Caused By Minor Accidents

Cars & TransportationPanama America - Panamanian National Assemblyman Leandro Ávila presented a draft of a bill that would allow for the immediate removal of cars involved in minor traffic accidents from public streets and highways as a measure towards improving the traffic situation in Panama City. According to Avila, the initiative would allow the report generated by the insurance company representatives who respond to the scene of accidents to be used by Traffic Judges to determine who was responsible for the accident. He mentioned the slowness of the response by Traffic Police to arrive at the scene of accidents, who until now are the only ones with the authority to produce an official report. He said the high number of accidents is due to the lack of courtesy and tolerance by drivers, as well as the increases in the number of cars on the roads every year, compounded by the fact that the major entry and exit routes to Panama City continue to remain the same.
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