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Tuesday, July 17 2018 @ 01:37 PM EDT

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Taxi Drivers in San Miguelito Start The Campaign "Yes, I'll take you"

Cars & TransportationThe directors of Radio Taxi Cristiano located at the entrance of Villa Lucre, started the campaign 'Yes, I’ll take you' in order to provide a better service to their customers and to reach those places where drivers currently do not go to because they are afraid to enter.

In San Miguelito there are several areas where drivers never go in because they have been the victim of thieves, and even others have been killed and they are afraid this might happen to them.

But the “I’m not going” problem is very common in the city.

During a tour, TVN could see how a passenger in Calle 12, Santa Ana, took several minutes trying to take a cab to go to the Social Security Center in Transístmica. Most said, “I’m not going.”

Also, several users complain about taxis never wanting to take them to their destinations.

With this new measure they expect other drivers from other taxi companies do the same thing in order to improve the service. (TVN)

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New Detours in Via Israel

Cars & TransportationThe Ministry of Public Works (MOP) and the company FCC announced there will be a traffic detour on Via Israel as of Thursday, June 20, which will only allow vehicles to drive on their respective right lane only, in both directions.

The detour starts at the Jose Antonio Remon Cantera School, until the National Car Rental in both directions, cutting traffic in the middle lanes of the road, and only allowing vehicles to drive on their right side for both directions. This work will take approximately 4 months.

This detour is due to the excavation works carried out to enable the underpass of the Via Brazil Section II project.

The appropriate signals will be placed at the area while this work is in progress. (Critica)

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SONDA is Negotiating A Concession With The Directives Of The Metro To Be Responsible For The Collection Of The Fees

Cars & TransportationThe company Sociedad Nacional de Procesamiento de Datos S.A. (SONDA) is ready to take another millionaire contract in Panama.

This company, who is currently fined with $2,080 per day since last June 10 for non-compliance of their contract, as they had to have a total one thousand operational reload and sales centers for the Metro Bus card, is currently negotiating with the directives of the Metro Secretariat to be the concessionaire responsible for the collection of the fee of this new transportation system, which will be operational in February 2014.

This was confirmed by the Minister of Canal Affairs and head of the Secretariat of the Metro, Roberto Roy, who confirmed they are about to finish the negotiations with the representatives of SONDA, and among the points in discussion they are planning on unifying the payment of the Metro Bus and the Metro Subway system through one single card.

About this new contract, Roy explained this will be a different contract than the one they have with Mi Bus, because both are private companies, and the Metro Line 1 belongs to the Government.

Even though he did not reveal the cost of this new contract, Roy said he also believes both systems should be integrated.

Last April, during the presentation of the progress of the Metro at the headquarters of the Panamanian Association of Business Executives, Agustin Arias, chief engineer of the Metro Secretariat, talked about this concession and explained to the group of businessmen that within the concession established with SONDA, they must contemplate the installation of machines in the trains where people can recharge their cards.

PEOPLE QUESTION THE CONCESSION

This new concession granted to SONDA, despite their non-compliance with the users of the Metro Bus, must be evaluated by the Government, according to the president of the Movement of October 23, David Ramirez.

SONDA, according to Ramirez, has shown they have serious logistics issues, reason why a new project with them must be carefully assessed.

The lawyer Victor Martinez questioned this contract and to his opinion the Government shouldn’t assign SONDA for the collection of the fees, because this would be terrible for the users. (Siglo)

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North Corridor Mandatory Payment Card.

Cars & TransportationThe mandatory payment with the North Corridor (Corredor Norte) card started Monday, June 17th, as it had been announced by the Transit Authority (ATTT) and National Motorway Company (ENA).

The North Corridor card has a $2 price, with a minimum charge of $5, bringing the total to obtain the card to $7 dollars at any recharge point in the North Corridor.

Like the South Corridor, where they also use card payments, the user that does not have the time to go through the toll will be punished.

The Card payment, officials said, "is to ease traffic along the corridors."

ENA also announced a few days ago that is developing the use of "toll" (automatic payment through a card taped to the vehicle) from 2014, so that the traffic flow at border is faster.(La Estrella)

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ATTT Announces Road Inversions

Cars & TransportationStarting today, Wednesday June 12 2013, three lanes on Avenida Domingo Díaz will be inverted at the urbanization of Cerro San Antonio, towards the outskirts of the capital city.

At Avenida José Agustín Arango, three lanes will be inverted from the Santa Clara neighborhood to the intersection of Calle Primera Llano Bonito, towards the outskirts of the city.

These changes will take place from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm aiming to calm vehicular traffic which goes around the area at that time. (Panama America)

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1,100 Parking Meters Will Be Installed in The City

Cars & TransportationThe City Government of Panama will install 1,100 new and modern parking meters in the city, at the areas identified with parking requirements, starting on Thursday, June 13.

The installation of these new parking meters will start in Calle 25, Calidonia, at 10:00 a.m., near the National Bank of Panama. Through this operation the first 50 parking meters will be installed.

The City Government reported this installation will be done after the study conducted by the Urban Planning Department of the Municipality of Panama and the Transit Authority (ATTT). (TVN)

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The Metro System in Panama Will Have A Schedule Of Operation Of 18 Hours Per Day

Cars & TransportationThe Metro Line 1, which will begin operations on February 2014, will operate for approximately 18 hours a day.

This was stated yesterday by the Minister of Canal Affairs and Secretary of the Metro, Roberto Roy, during the presentation of the first two trains to the public in the yards and workshops of this transportation system in Albrook.

According to the official, the Metro will operate on a schedule of 5:00 a.m. to 11 p.m. The 18 hours of operation will be distributed in two shifts.

During the hours when the system is not operating, the trains will receive maintenance and will be cleaned, according to Roy.

According to Roy, the arrival of these machines is an important event for the country, as the Panamanians are even closer to have an efficient transportation system. Reports from the Metro Secretariat state that this project has an advance of 85%, and a total cost of $1.8 billion.

THE HISTORIC MOMENT

Yesterday, hundreds of Panamanians were witnesses of the composition of the first trains model 'Metropolis', which will operate in the Metro Line 1 and arrived in Panama last May 25 from Spain.

Members of the Executive Branch, representatives of Alstom (company supplier of the machinery), the engineers of the construction company Norberto Odebretch and engineers from FCC, diplomatic personalities and 120 students from La Salle joined President Ricardo Martinelli and the first lady, Marta Linares de Martinelli, to unveil the trains.

Wearing a jersey from the Panama Soccer Team, the president arrived at the yards and workshops at approximately 10:45 a.m. and announced that the Metro of Panama will have an extension of 1 additional kilometer, making it possible to reach up to San Isidro.

This extension will allow the recruitment of 1,400 workers.

At the ceremony, the President, together with a committee of visitors, boarded the train No. 1102 and entered the cabin and honked the horn of the train, formally announcing the presence of this transportation system in Panama. (Siglo)

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Only 30,000 Cards At The North Corridor Will Be Sold At $2

Cars & TransportationThe Empresa Nacional de Autopistas (ENA) will distribute 30,000 cards to travel through the North Corridor at a cost of $2.

This price is valid until July 15 or until all the 30,000 cards are sold.

After the promotion, the price of these electronic wallets will be $3. The minimum charge will remain at $5.

This promotion was set because as of June 17, the toll fee payment will only be charged with the North Corridor card; highway used by 60,000 cars per day, and 40% of the users are already using the electronic card.

According to the manager of ENA, Rigoberto Effio, the use of these electronic wallets will speed vehicular traffic, especially around rush hours.

According to Effio, about 200 thousand cards are available for sale at the booths of the corridor, as well as at some Delta gas stations, supermarkets (Xtra, 99 and Riba Smith) and payment centers.

With the implementation of this measure, which has already been applied since January at the South Corridor, 60% of the booths of the Northern Corridor, according to Effio, will be available for electronic payment.

Carlos Ayuso, Director of Operations and Security from the Transit and Land Transportation Authority, said drivers who do not have their card will be fined with $20 for not following traffic signals. (Siglo)

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Mi Bus Asks Costumers To Take Care Of The Buses

Cars & TransportationThe manager of the company My Bus, Miguel Cardona, asked people to take care of the Metro Bus property and not steal any of the parts inside the buses, since Cardona also said people have to follow these steps on a daily basis.

Cardona's order comes after complaints from customers mass transit system and damage to the air conditioners of the buses and dripping umbrellas.

This situation requires users to carry open umbrellas inside the Metro Bus, which was attributed by Cardona after the theft of the vents of conditioners by users.

"People steal grates which are on the air conditioners, so the air condenses and raindrops fall inside the bus," said the manager of Mi Bus in an interview with Prensa.com.

However, he assured no bus leaves to travel if they haven't completed the daily maintenance check. (Prensa)

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Miguel Cardona Says There Is No Problem With The Amount Of Metro Bus Drivers

Cars & TransportationThe manager of the Mi Bus company, Miguel Cardona, said the Metro Bus has no "shortage" of operators and said the new system has 2,700 drivers.  

In an interview, Cardona told the Prensa.com Mi Bus has allocated three drivers per bus, which rotate on schedule.  

"A bus is driven by many drivers, but usually we have 2,700 bus drivers for 1,200 buses," he said.  

On drivers layoffs made ​​by the Mi Bus, Cardona said at no time has the company made 1000 or 2000 layoffs, as aforesaid, and could have happened was the dismissal of 100 drivers, due to disciplinary problems among other things.  

"I have never dismissed those quantities of Mi Bus drivers, the largest amoutn which has come out is about 100," he repeated.  

Contrary to the statements of Cardona, in March the Transport Workers Union Collective and Selective Panama reported the number of redundancies of Metro Bus drivers amounted to over a thousand.  

The leader of the operators, Inocente Guerra, said, in late February, 900 drivers were laid off, but the figure continued to rise in the first days of March. (Prensa)

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