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The city of Panamá is currently constructing a new metro system, which is scheduled to open in January 2014.
Line 1 of the system generally follows a north-south route, from Los Andes to the Albrook bus station, and is 13.7 km long, including 7 km of tunnel and 6.3 km of viaduct. There will be 16 stations, including five elevated stations and a partially-subsurface station at Albrook.
The project is being carried out by Línea Uno Consortium (Odebrecht and FCC), based on a detailed design by Systra.
mageba supplied bearings of type LASTO-BLOCK Type B for this project. Due to the length of the railway lines and the associated structures, more than 1,600 bearings were required.
The mageba LASTO-BLOCK bearing is a reinforced elastomeric bearing, featuring high-strength steel sheeting vulcanized into its core. The steel plates are fully enclosed in elastomer to ensure absolute corrosion protection and complete freedom from maintenance – an important consideration for a transport system which should not be subjected to closures for maintenance and repair.
LASTO-BLOCK Type B