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Metro Trains Are Being Prepared For Testing

Cars & TransportationIn the subway yards and workshops zone in Albrook, the Metro project is starting to take shape.

Hundreds of workers are installing over the rail the six first wagons to assemble them and conduct electromechanical and static tests of each train.

The assembly, which is the connection of three wagons per train and the electrical and static tests, will take two or three weeks per train, this is the explanation offered by the project manager, Carlos Lopez. "We have to run communication and control security tests to know where is each train once they are operating," says Lopez.

Static tests relate to the stability of each train on the railway line. Once all the trains are assembled (a total of 19 trains) and the tests are completed they will proceed to carry out the dynamic testing of the trains in motion, "says Lopez.

This last phase of testing, according to project managers, is estimated to be completed by October. "Each of the trains must go through each of these tests, individually, and then as a carousel," he concludes.

The schedule of arrival of the trains will gradually continue until October. The next six wagons arrive by the end of July and then six more will arrive per month until we receive the total of 19 trains.

Once all the wagons arrive, Panamanians will be eye witnesses of the dynamic tests. For this step, the executive secretary of the Metro, Roberto Roy, said "these will be free test drives for Panamanians." At the time, there are 600 people dedicated to conducting these tests at the assembling area. (Panama America)

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SONDA Will Enable Card Recharging Through Credit Card Payment

Cars & TransportationBuying credit for Metro Bus cards through credit cards might be implemented this year, according to Franklin Quintero, infrastructure manager of the company Sociedad Nacional de Procesamiento de Datos, S.A. (SONDA).

Using credit cards for refilling the Metro Bus cards is part of the innovations planned by the company to improve the card recharging service, currently offered in the city of Panama, said Quintero.

Apps through the Web and Android phones to check the balance, as well as balance transfers and enabling recharge devices at the Metro Bus stops are other innovations they have planned, according to the representative of SONDA.

FINE

Moreover, Alfredo Ibanez, representative of SONDA, referred to the $2,080 sanction imposed to the company by the Transit and Land Transportation Authority due to the incompliance of the contract, as they did not have one thousand recharge points.

Ibanez said the first fine was paid by check. However, he said that after the inspection made to verify the number of recharge points of SONDA they have not received the official document from the ATTT stating if they are in compliance or not with the amount of recharge points required.

In the latest report issued by the ATTT on May 24, the director of this entity reported they verified 780 active recharge points of SONDA for the Metro Bus users.

However, Moreno said this figure did not match the latest report, issued last May 19, which claimed to have 1,223 active points. (Prensa)

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Detours Will Be Enabled in Calle 50 On Monday, June 10

Cars & TransportationA new traffic detour will be enabled starting from the corner where the Embassy of Japan is located, up to where Multimax is in Calle 50, due to the works of the Via Brazil Corridor (Section II) Project, formed by the intersections in Via Brasil with Obarrio (Calle 50) and Via Israel.

The detour consists on moving traffic to the right side of the road and removing the two lanes on the left side, according to information provided by the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) and the company FCC.

In this area, the development of a screen of reinforced concrete piles for the underpass of the bridge will be under construction for about four months, during this time the left lanes will be cut and the three lanes on the right side will remain enabled for the users. (Mi Diario)

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Mi Bus Announces Change Of Route

Cars & TransportationThe Mi Bus Company, in charge of the transport system in the city, announced, after prior approval of the Transit Authority, the route of Ancon - Avenida B has been modified.

The new route will take its away on Calle 12 and the same flow through the San José de Malambo school, through the park in Santa Ana, and then continues on the regular way, through Calle 11.

Equally, three stops are removed which the previous route had, the first one at the Fire Department of El Chorrillo, on Avenida A and West Calle 11, before these changes, a new stop will be enabled in the Santa Ana Park. (Mi Diario)

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Level Of Satisfaction In Northern Corridor Now 88%

Cars & TransportationThe general manager of the National Highway Company (ENA), Rigoberto Effio, released today, Friday 7 June 2013, the last survey conducted in May to users which revealed a 88% level of satisfaction in the Corredor Norte.

According to Effio, in 2012 there was a previous survey resulting in a 28%, which means "the general public feels a lot more satisfied."

The improvements are noted, Effio considers, who also said in five years, the Northern Corridor has increased the volume from 22 million to 55 million transactions, and month by month, the growth has been of 30%.

For the manager, the only way to solve the problem is to reduce the waiting time of cars passing through the toll booths and the way to do it is to eliminate the implimented cash and card payments. (Panama America)

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Four Stop Lights Will Be Shut Off To Ease Traffic

Cars & TransportationFrom 5:00 pm tomorrow, Friday 7 June 2013, four traffic lights will be disabled in different areas of the city to ease traffic.

These lights are in the Vía José Agustín Arango, in Campo Lindbergh, Santa Clara and La Birra.

This was reported by Aldo Macre, Transit Operations Director of the National Police (PN), who also said 300 units have joined in this operation to help prevent a large amount of traffic. (Panama America)

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A Plan For The Use Of One Card For Both Corridors is Being Assessed

Cars & TransportationPaying toll fees at the North and South Corridors will be done through a single card in the near future.

According to the Minister of Public Works, Jaime Ford, the Board of Directors of the National Highway Company (ENA) is assessing a project for the use of a single card in both highways.

According to Ford, who is one of the members of the directive board of ENA, they will meet today to finish defining this proposal.

What they want is that vehicles can travel at 35 kilometers per hour at the toll area, thus speeding up traffic. In the South Corridor, toll payment has been exclusively performed with a card since January 14.

On this matter, the lawyer Victor Martinez said authorities have been improvising, because with the new plan users will have to buy another card in order to use both corridors. (Siglo)

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Measures To Reduce Traffic Are Still Being Assessed

Cars & TransportationMeasures to reduce traffic which were aimed to reduce the traumatic scenario in the country of the mobilization of 550 thousand vehicles driving around the city were analyzed for several months by the institutional commission, composed by the Ministry of Public Works (MOP), the Transit Authority and Land Transportation (ATTT) and the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP), but they remained in paper only.

Plans such as changes in the schedules for employees in public and private entities, modifications in the dates of salary payments, and a night shift for the transportation for cargo trucks, were never applied.

The President of CCIAP, Jorge Luis Ford, said the change of schedule of employees in the public and private sectors was a discussion that was analyzed for 14 months, but they never reached an agreement. This is still being considered.

According to Ford, the Transportation Commission of the CCIAP is considering new measures to avoid traffic registered in the city due to the road works conducted at the time.

The implementation of Carpooling, according to Ford, is currently being studied, which consists in using a single vehicle to assist several neighbors by taking them to their jobs. They are also considering the possibility of maintaining the stoplights in green during rush hours.

Valentin Monforte, president of the Transportation and Urban Planning Commission of the Panamanian Association of Business Executives, said the measures to reduce traffic have not given the expected results, because the authorities have not applied them.

Yesterday, the Minister of Public Works, JaIME Ford, during the presentation of the progress of the constructions of the new road network to the directive board of the CCIAP, he said projects such as the viaduct in Avenida de Los Mártires will be finished by mid-June. The vehicular bridge connecting Calle 50 and Via Israel will be finished by December 2013. (Siglo)

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Transportation Users Plan To Create Road Lanes Only For Metrobuses

Cars & TransportationUsers of the public transportation system presented today to the Director of the Transit Authority (ATTT), Roberto Moreno, a proposal which includes the creation of exclusive lanes for the movement of the Metrobuses in rush hour.

The proposal recommends enabling points as lanes from Calle 50 up to the intersection of Vía Brasil and from Vía España up to the intersection of Vía Porras.

Similarly, in Vía Ricardo J Alfaro (El Dorado) and from Juan Díaz to Vía España and from the Polyclinic JJ Vallarino to Vía Fernández de Córdoba.

For his part, the director of the ATTT pledged to evaluate the proposal, however, said these measures are complex, taking into account road works are being carried out.

Moreno also said the technical team of the ATTT are advancing in a study to determine the behavior of the vehicles.

In the coming days we will announce the results of these studies. (Panama America)

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About 15 Cars Were Towed In El Paraíso

Cars & TransportationThe Transit Authority surprised many conductors in a deployed operation in Paraíso, in the district of San Miguelito, where cranes removed at least 15 cars, most of them being taxis.

Reports indicate the drivers had committed several traffic violations, most for driving while intoxicated.

The offense of driving while intoxicated carries a $ 150 fine and license suspension for three months. (Mi Diario)

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