PANAMA: The first test run on the Panamá City metro has taken place between Albrook and 5 de Mayo. The 2 km test run on September 13 took place at the southern end of the 13·7 km line, which is now 92% complete.
The 13-station Line 1 is being built by a consortium of FCC, Odebrecht and Alstom under a contract awarded in 2010. The budget is US$1·8bn, including a fleet of 19 three-car Alstom Metropolis trainsets.
Line 1 is expected to carry 15 000 passengers/h in 2014, rising to 40 000 by 2035.