Of course there’s some political pandering involved with the debut of the new system, as the country’s outgoing president threw a little party along with the big reveal—complete with fireworks, concerts, and a Chinese dragon dance. That’s one way to get people excited about things.
A total of $2 billion was spent to get things up and running, as the new system does its thing around nine miles in and around the country’s capital. There has been criticism that all that cash could have been spent elsewhere to improve traffic and congestion, but we bet that the fact that rides will be free for the first couple of months will change plenty of opinion.
So we say welcome to Panamá Metro, and we hope to see you ourselves sooner than later.