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Metropolis sets a first wheel on Panamanian soil

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The President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, visited a Metropolis trainset which is intended to run on the Panama Metro Line 1.

An official ceremony was held on 11 June for the delivery of the first Metropolis trainset for Line 1 of Panama's future metro. The trainsets had arrived last week by sea from Alstom´s unit in Santa Perpetua, Spain. The event was attended by Mr. Martinelli and a government delegation in the presence of over 250 guests, which included the top executives of the companies participating in the project, students, and the media.

The government representatives expressed their satisfaction with the progress of the project and reaffirmed their commitment to the Panamanians to put this new 13.7 km line punctuated with 12 stations into commercial service by February 2014. In the meantime, the trains will undergo a few months of rigorous testing.

Panama Metropolis cars in details

Metropolis coaches are equipped with four large doors to provide fluid access to commuters, a space dedicated to disabled passengers and air conditioning and offer a design which favours natural lighting making passenger' journeys more pleasant. The driving cab is also designed to provide maximum visibility to the driver.

The trains are 52 metres long, approximately 3.85 metres high and 2.71 metres wide. They can carry up to 200 people per coach, which represents about 15,000 people per hour in each direction.