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This Wednesday (15) Panama City inaugurates the line 2 branch of its metro, which connects the city center to the international airport, making it the only capital in Central America and one of the few in Latin America to have with this ease. The work was carried out by OEC – Engenharia e Construção, a company that participated in the construction of the two existing subway lines and a series of other projects in the country, such as the modern airport of Tocumen and the Cinta Costera, the iconic avenue that extends over the sea and relieves the troubled traffic in the central region of the Panamanian capital.
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Today Metro de Panamá, SA (MPSA), in the presence of the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, and the General Manager of the Metro, engineer Héctor Ortega, formally inaugurated the Branch Line 2 that connects with the ITSE and Airport Stations, giving more a step in carrying out the projects developed by the company.
President Cortizo Cohen and Engineer Ortega, accompanied by invited authorities, took a tour from ITSE Station to Airport Station, officially opening the Line 2 branch.
At the inauguration ceremony, President Cortizo Cohen indicated that the branch of Line 2, with a length of 2 kilometers, will mobilize thousands of passengers per day, including students from neighboring institutions, INADEH and ITSE, as well as tourists, and will mainly benefit about 100,000 inhabitants of the sectors of Tocumen , Cabuya , La Siesta , Hacienda Santa Fe, in the eastern sector of the city.
This work, in addition to benefiting citizens, brings users closer to the Tocumen International Airport, increasing the connectivity of the country as one of the best in the region, said President Cortizo Cohen.
The president added that the implementation of this extension translates into important economic advantages for the country, generating a new incentive for tourism and business activity in general.
In turn, engineer Ortega explained that all users will be able to access the Line 2 branch through the connection with the Corredor Sur Station. At this station, a train will leave the central platform and will indicate on its screens that it is heading to the ITSE and Airport Stations. Trains will leave the central platform of the Corredor Sur Station Line 2 every 10 minutes.
The current Metro fare will remain the same for those traveling to ITSE and Airport Stations, i.e. 0.50 cents Line 2 and 0.35 cents Line 1.
“One of the special features of the stations in this project is that from street level you go up and directly onto the platform to wait for the train, so users must get off at ITSE Station on the left side and Airport Station on the right side,” explained engineer Ortega.
With Line 2, Panama becomes the first country in Central America and one of the few cities in Latin America to have a Metro system connection between the city center and its main international airport.