Colas Rail wins contract for the Line 3 of the Panama Metro

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The monorail project for the upcoming Line 3 of the Panama Metro is set to be carried out by Colas Rail as a Hitachi Rail subcontractor. Colas Rail’s first contract in Panama obviously solidifies its position in the region.

The project calls for the construction of 20 km of the monorail, as well as stations between Ciudad del Futuro and Panama Pacifico. The project also involves the construction of a maintenance facility at Ciudad del Futuro. Additionally, 100 km of power rail will be designed, supplied, and installed by Colas Rail as part of the project. Moreover, the company will also help build a maintenance depot for the Panama Metro line 3. The project is expected to take longer than 30 months.

According to Christophe Mansuy, Colas Rail’s international vice president, “the project is exceptional in a number of aspects. First of all, it is the outcome of an alliance with Hitachi Rail in the Americas. Second, Colas Rail is taking part in a monorail project for the first time. Last but not least, the contract signifies the beginning of our company in Panama and demonstrates our intention to keep growing in Latin America.”

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Panama Metro Line 3 rolling stock and expectations

28 six-car trains with regenerative braking will be used to operate the line when it opens in 2025. They will be provided by a partnership between Hitachi, Hitachi Rail STS, and Mitsubishi under a $US 883 million contract that was won in October 2020.

The agreement also includes provisions for the line’s electrification, signaling, communications, and control systems. Over 5000 direct and indirect jobs are expected to be created as a result of the project, which would also affect more than 500,000 people in the province of Panama Oeste.

One of the Panama Metro’s top priorities, according to Ortega, is enhancing transportation in Panama City. “With the introduction of Line 3, we continue to support the nation’s economic growth even in the middle of the current health crisis and its financial repercussions.”