PANAMA CITY – Work on the Panamanian capital’s second metro line is 45 percent complete, the consortium handling the $1.9 billion project said Tuesday.
Personnel from the consortium, which comprises Spain’s FCC and Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, took journalists on a guided tour of Line 2.
The stretch between two of the planned 16 stations, Mañanitas and Hospital del Este, is 75 percent complete, engineer Eric Bernal told EFE.
Once finished, Line 2 will connect Line 1’s San Miguelito station, on Panama City’s north side, with Nuevo Tocumen in the east, carrying up to 16,000 passengers an hour in each direction.
Roughly 3,500 people are being employed in the construction, which began in October 2015 and is expected to conclude in May 2019.
The first of the 21 trains that will run on Line 2 is due to arrive at the beginning of next year, Bernal said.
The new line will serve a population of more than 500,000 people on the capital’s east side, providing transportation to 48 educational institutions.
Panama is the only Central American country with a metro. Line 1, also built by Odebrecht and FCC, opened in April 2014, and the government plans to announce next month the list of consortiums that have qualified to bid on a third line.