PANAMA: Metro de Panama has awarded a €145m contract to a consortium led by Alstom and including Thales, Sofratesa, CIM and TSO for the supply of additional rolling stock and associated work to lengthen trainsets on Panamá City metro Line 1.

Alstom’s share of the contract is €130m, and covers the supply of 70 Metropolis cars. As with the 20 three-car trainsets currently in service on Line 1, these are to be built at Alstom’s Santa Perpetua plant in Spain for delivery from 2017. Five six-car trainsets will augment the current fleet, with the remaining 40 cars being used to lengthen the existing sets from three cars to five.

Alstom will also supply onboard and lineside Urbalis 400 CBTC signalling equipment, upgrade the power supply, and enlarge the depot.

Thales and Sofratesa are to supply telecoms and auxiliary systems, including Automatic Train Stop, while TSO and CIM will supply depot equipment including additional track and catenary.