Panama’s new metro line gets a test run with Martinelli

The president of Panamá traveled the full 13.7 kilometer route of the new capital metro line Thursday, said the contractors, said Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, which also has projects in Costa Rica. The route was from  the Albrook and Los Andes stations.

Ricardo Martinelli, the president, was accompanied by cabinet members and members of the board of directors of the metro line.

The first stage of the the Panamá Metro Line 1 is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014. Since beginning of construction of the $1.8 billion project 33 months ago, the plan has already been expanded to include another 2.2 kilometers and two new stations, The total will be 15.9 kilometers, covered in just 22 minutes, said the contractor, known informally as FCC.

The tour is part of the dynamic tests which have been underway since the end of August in the Yards and Workshop zone, as well as at underground and elevated sections. The line is expected to carry passengers in the first quarter of next year, said FCC.

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