Panama Metro

The first Metro in Central America

The need in the country to design a modern mass transport system that will significantly reduce the time it takes for a person to travel from one location to another was the driving force behind the State project called: Línea Uno del Metro de Panamá.

The construction of this important project was awarded to the Línea Uno Consortium, made up of FCC and Odebrecht, in the public tender for the best value with separate evaluation for construction and putting into operation of the Panama Metro Line One. Both companies have vast experience in metro construction around the world with a strong presence in Panama.

Since this project, which has been in execution for 33 months and the first stage is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014, has already been expanded to include another 2.2 kilometres and two new stations so that the total will be 15,9 kilometres, covered in just 22 minutes. Regarding this section, 7.5 kilometres will be underground, 7.1 kilometres will be elevated and 1.5 in trenches. 

The route, which is going to directly benefit approximately one million people, covers from the area near the Grand National Transport Terminal (Albrook Terminal) to the area adjacent to the Los Andes Shopping Mall.

The design for the Panama Metro Line One contemplates the construction of a total of fourteen stations for access, boarding and system development, including the two new ones, seven for the underground section, six for the elevated section and one that is partly underground.

Designed route

Panama Metro Line One commences in an area known as Patios y Talleres (Yards and Workshops), located at the southern end of the project. This is where all system maintenance and control operations are concentrated, occupying an area of 120,000 square metres.

Trains leave this area and start off along the first route section of approximately 800 metres on the surface until they reach Trinchera Sur. This is where the Albrook Station is located, the first public access to the Panama Metro Line One and the only one to have a partly underground structure.

Another specific characteristic of this station is that it has an elevated pedestrian overpass that crosses the North Corridor so that user of the Grand Allbrook Transport Terminal can safely access the metro.

The underground stations then follow successively with 5 de Mayo, Lotería, Santo Tomás, Iglesia del Carmen, Vía Argentina, Fernández de Córdoba and the new Ingenio Station.

Subsequently, where Avenida Fernández de Córdoba meets Vía Transístmica, the transition section between the underground and elevated sections commences. This transition section is called Trinchera Norte.

From Trinchera Norte, the elevated section of the project begins, along which the trains continue the route on tracks installed on metro railway viaduct structures.

This section begins with the construction of the 12 de Octubre Station and the other stations follow successively with Pueblo Nuevo, San Miguelito, Pan de Azúcar, Los Andes and the new San Isidro Station. The last station mentioned above is the final station on the Panama Metro Line One.

Remarkable aspects

  • The first Metro in Central America.
  • The total line length is 15.9 kilometres and the tunnel has a diameter of 8.43 metres.
  • It will directly benefit more than one million people.

Client: Panama Metro Secretariat

Start date: December 2010

End date: February 2014 (1st stage)