monday, may 28, 2012
The Panama City MetroThe Panamanian government has undertaken an ambitious $1.8-billion subway/elevated train project that is expected to revolutionize public transportation in the country's capital city. The Panama Metro project is a a 14-kilometer light-rail line that will be the first of its kind in Central America when it is completed in 2014.
The project, launched in late 2010, is being built by LĂnea Uno, that includes Brazil's Norberto Odebrecht and Spanish company Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC). Alstom will provide the 19 three-car train sets as well as electro-mechanical equipment on a turnkey basis.
Almost seven kilometers of the line will be excavated by two earth-pressure-balanced tunnel-boring machines, each 9.77 meters in diameter. More than five kilometers of elevated guideway will be built as well.
My story on the project, Excavation Under Way on Panama City Metro, is in this week's issue of Engineering News-Record.
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