Panama-David train study completed

President Juan Carlos Varela received the feasibility study of a railway system between Panama and David, one of the flagship projects of non-reimbursable cooperation between the Republic of Panama and the People’s Republic of China.

It will now be up to the incoming government of Laurentino Cortizo to take the final decision on this project.

Oscar Ramirez presented the feasibility study

Oscar Ramirez presented the feasibility study.

Oscar Ramírez, director of Tocumen International Airport and who chairs the High Level Commission appointed by President Varela to coordinate what is related to this study, referred to the technical aspects of the initiative.

He indicated that the proposal is to build a passenger and cargo train line of eight wagons, with capacity for 750 passengers, with 21 stations over 391.3 kilometers, which would run by land, through tunnels and over bridges through the provinces of Panama, Coclé, Herrera Veraguas and Chiriquí.

The train would reach up to 160 kilometers per hour in the case of passengers and 80 kilometers per hour with freight, which results in an estimated time between Panama and the city of David of two and a half hours.

It is estimated that the construction phase of this mega infrastructure project would last six years, in which up to 6,000 direct and indirect jobs would be created, while for operation and maintenance some 2,900 people will be required. It will cost around $4.1 billion.

The study project was executed by the China Railway Design Corporation, which has extensive experience in the development of railway projects at the global level, and which worked with several Panamanian companies that supported the economic, geotechnical, soil and capacity and demand; as well as Panamanian experts.

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