The Panama City metro Line 2 has started commercial services. It was inaugurated by Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela.

Consorcio Linea 2, comprising Odebrecht and FCC, delivered civil works for the project, while the consortium of Grupo de Empresas (GdE) was responsible for the supply of an integrated metro system.

Alstom, the leader of GdE, noted that the consortium has delivered 21 Metropolis trainsets, as well as traction substations including Hesop reversible substation.

The technology enables the procurement and transfer of more than 99% of the energy generated by the braking of the trains.

“As the commercial service starts, these technologies will allow the residents of Panama to have a reliable, comfortable and environmentally friendly means of transportation.”

This energy is utilised in the electrical network of the stations to provide power to escalators, lights and ventilation.

Panama City metro Line 2 is also provided with Alstom’s Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) solution Urbalis, a signalling technology for metros system. It will enable the trains to run at higher frequencies in total safety.

This Urbalis signalling system is already been implemented across 1,500km of metro lines globally.

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Alstom North Latin America managing director Ludovic d’Hauthuille said: “We are honoured and grateful to be providing an integrated system that both improves the operation of the metro line and reduces the environmental impact.

“As the commercial service starts, these technologies will allow the residents of Panama to have a reliable, comfortable and environmentally friendly means of transportation in the city.”

Recently, Alstom unveiled the first Régiolis train to operate on a cross-border link between Switzerland and France.