17 Mar Panama City Metro…There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel
Panama City Metro Train
Panama City is a HUGE metropolitan area with a population of 1.4 million. To travel around the city efficiently you need to either take the bus, the metro train, or a taxi. Since we love adventure and the public transportation system in Panama is fast and easy to use we decided to try out the Panama City Metro.
Facts About the Subway
• The three-car train sets that run along Line 1 can accommodate up to 600 passengers per train, but the station platforms are built to accommodate six-car train sets, allowing for future growth.
• Line 1, which is the only one open at this time,it runs 8.5 miles and serves 12 stations. A second Metro line is in the works for the coming years, eventually linking Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport by rail to the city. We think this would be very beneficial, even with lots of people taking buses and the train the traffic is pretty heavy as you would expect in any big city.
• Trains during the daytime run approximately every two to four minutes the Panama Metro shuts down at 10pm.
• The Panama City Metro is very useful for travelers, whether on vacation in Panama or on a business trip, since it’s possible to take the train from the big hotels to the huge Albrook Mall as well as the main bus terminal, which sits next to to the mall.
• Digital signs in every station announce when the next trains are coming.
• Digital signs in every car announce the upcoming stop.
Most of line runs underground so if you are looking for a tour of the city you may want to take a bus.