Panamanian President Varela Meets With Alstom To Discuss Possible Light Rail Project
Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela met with executives from Alstom, supplier of Panama Metro rolling stock, to announce the possible development of a new light rail line, linking Panama City to Chririqui.
Varela met with Alstom CEO Patrick Kron to discuss current projects and available options for expanding Line 2 of the Panama Metro.
In addition, the president discussed the possibility of creating Line 3 of the network, servicing the West of Panama. Feasibility studies are planned to investigate the possibility of the construction of a light rail line, to connect with the rest of the country, first to Penonomé and then to David, Chiriqui.
Alstom explained the processes and technology deployed during the development of simular SNCF projects, whilst reaffirming their to support feasibility studies and their commitment to continued expansion of the mass transit network of Panama.
Alstom representatives recommended the French experience and technology for the realization of these feasibility studies, through the French National Railway Company (SNCF), while reaffirming its commitment to the mass transit system of Panama.
During Varela’s visit, he also met with Air France CEO Frédéric Gagey, to discuss tourism in the Central American country, as well as the establishment of Panama as the international center for forest management and combating deforestation.