The Line 1 of the Panama Metro runs primarily in a north-south direction for a distance of approximately 13.7 kilometers, connecting the Albrook National Bus Station with the Los Andes Shopping Center in the north of the Panama City Metropolitan Area. This tracks are laid out along a corridor that has shown a high demand for public transit.
After analyzing several options, this route was chosen in order to optimize, during this first phase of Line 1, the number of public works projects required, seeking to reduce project costs and ensure that they would be completed on schedule.
The selected rail line departs from Transístmica Avenue, then proceeds along Fernández de Córdoba Avenue until reaching Spain Avenue, from where it continues until the start of Justo Arosemena Avenue, which it follows until approaching Plaza 5 de Mayo, concluding the trip at the Albrook Bus Terminal region.
Panama Metro Line 1 stations feature:
- 2 terminals (1 permanent and 1 provisional).
- 2 transfer stations that feed into other modes of transit and will connect to future lines.
- 9 boarding stations with a platform up to 110 meters long, depending on the final train characteristics and size.
- 10 hectares for a train yard and workshop at the line terminus in Albrook, to also house the future Operations Control Center (OCC).
Its operation will be highly automated, preferably driverless, with a detection and tracking system using state-of-the-art technology to minimize the intervals between trains to as short as 90 seconds, or even up to 75 seconds.
Benefits of Line 1
- Saves time
- Reduces travel time significantly by using exclusively one line, which allows the metro to reach a higher average speed of travel than other modes of transportation.
- Increases the amount of time available in a day by freeing up time otherwise lost in commute.
- The metro is on-time, clean, safe, and reliable.
- No road space is occupied by the tracks, which use alternative paths either underground (under the roads) or elevated (above the roads).
- The metro system network is dynamic and flexible, able to expand and adapt on par with urban development.
- Line 1 of the Panama metro is designed to initially transport up to 15,000 people per hour in each direction, reaching a capacity for 40,000 people per hour in each direction by the year 2035.
- Powered by electricity, the metro will not emit polluting fumes and as such will not negatively affect the city's environmental conditions.
- An automatic control system will prevent collisions between trains, and platforms will be monitored by a surveillance and security system.
Public space improvements
- Facilities will be developed and improved around the stations to provide walkways for pedestrian and meeting places.