Panama calls tender for study on metro master plan
Metro de Panamá, the authority in charge of planning and
managing construction of Panama City's subway, is seeking
consultants to carry out a prefeasibility study on the new master
plan for the capital's metro system.
The study will be financed by a loan from the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB), according to information posted on
government procurement website PanamaCompra.
The study is aimed at examining the viability of the design and
location of the metro lines and stations proposed in the new master
plan, particularly regarding the future lines No. 4 and 5.
The consultant will also be responsible for estimating future
transportation demand in the metropolitan area of Panama City by
2050, with analysis based on five-year periods, as well as for
conducting a preliminary environmental assessment of the proposed
design for lines No. 4 and 5.
Local and international companies will be able to participate
individually or as part of a consortium, a joint venture or to
subcontract to other firms.
Interested parties must submit a letter of interest to Metro de
Panamá by May 2.
The contract winner will be chosen based on the IDB's
applicable policies for hiring consultants.
Panama metro's new master plan proposes the construction of
six new lines to be completed by 2040, which would join the
existing line No.1 and the line No. 2, which is
currently under construction.
The eight lines of the metro system would have around 90
stations to serve residents of Panama City's metropolitan area,
which includes the cities of Miguelito, Arraiján and La
The updated master plan was presented last week by Roberto Roy,
head of Metro de Panamá, according to the paper.
Panama City's first metro line started operations in
2014. A consortium consisting of Spanish firm FCC
Construcciones and troubled Brazilian firm Odebrecht, was
awarded the contract to build the metro's second
line in 2015.
Metro de Panamá is currently receiving
prequalification proposals for the construction of a third
line. The contract is expected to be awarded at the end of 2017 and
the metro line is scheduled to start operations by 2021.
More information on the consultancy tender is available in
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