A new promotional video offers a glimpse of how the metro is going to transform Panama City.
The first line of the historic metro system completed in 2014 was only the initial step in the creation of an extensive transportation system for the Panama City area. Lines 2 and 3 of the metro, which are already in development, will provide the backbone for a network that will link the neighborhoods surrounding Panama City.
The video might seem a little cheesy, but it illustrates how the system will work. Bus service will connect directly to metro stations, and several stops will provide easy transfer to the different lines.
And Line 3 will extend over the Canal and the new development of Panama Pacifico, providing a direct, easy commute between the western area of Arraiján and Panama City.
Every great city in the world offers this type of transportation system. Maybe it will not end congestion on the roads, but the metro is going to provide a necessary and valuable alternative for people who live and work around the city.
While this video is only a vision of what the system will become, progress is moving forward at a rapid rate. Line 2 is far along in the development process and Panama has already signed a deal with a Japanese company to help finance development of the third phase.
Click here to view the video.
Eddie Montes is the head of Property Management for Punta Pacifica Realty, a Panama real estate agency focused on Punta Pacifica, the exclusive neighborhood of 18 towers perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.