New Metro Subway System Will Be Able To Carry 525,000 Passengers Daily

New Metro Subway System Will Be Able To Carry 525,000 Passengers Daily

Friday, May 18 2012 @ 04:55 PM COT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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The new Metro Transit System (subway) that will start operating in Panama City in 2014 will be able to carry about 525.000 passengers a day, said yesterday the infrastructure project manager, Roberto Roy. During a press briefing on the work being done to build the new transport system, the executive secretary of the Panama Metro said the service would operate 17.5 hours daily to transport up to 30,000 passengers per hour in both directions. He further explained that 30% of the work to build the system has been completed, and he said at the start the system will have 19 trains running, each with three cars. He said after starting operations in 2014, the Metro will have the challenge of crossing the Panama Canal, for which they are discussing the options such as building a tunnel or a bridge. (Siglo)
Editor’s Comment: Building the “Line One” of the new Metro subway system in Panama City is only just the start. Eventually the system will be expanded to reach out to all of the most populous residential areas and neighborhoods of Panama. And obviously, there are literally hundreds of thousands of people who have to commute to and from the residential areas around Arraijan every day. The 525,000 passengers per day number is pie-in-the-sky, because that’s the maximum capacity that the system can carry if all three cars on all 19 trains are 100% full for every trip, during all 17.5 operating hours daily. Max capacity, not expected ridership. But still, not matter what, every ass riding that train is one less up on the road surface, taking up space that would be better used by my Jeep. (grin) Eventually as the Metro takes over for the neighborhoods it services, then hopefully the Metro Bus system might be able to reduce the number of buses needed to cover those areas as well. Again, less vehicles on the roadways, and that’s the whole point of this exercise. Martinelli – kicking ass, taking names, and building stuff. Lots and lots of stuff.

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