Thursday, July 31, 2014

Louis Berger lands Panama City Metro Line 2 management contract

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
Morristown, N.J.-based Louis Berger, as part of the Consorcio PML2, has signed a five-year, $32 million contract to oversee construction of the Panama City Metro Line 2, Central America’s first rapid transit system.

The Consorcio PML2—comprised of Louis Berger and Spanish consultant partners Ayesa and Metropolitan Transports of Barcelona—was selected for the project after receiving the highest proposal score based on technical and economic criteria. The new 13-mile line is the second of four lines in the government’s plan to provide efficient, sustainable transport in the Panama City metropolitan area, which supports 1.2 million residents. Line 2 includes 16 stations along an elevated alignment from an interchange with Line 1 at San Miguelito serving the districts of December 24, among others.

“We are honored to play a key role in the second line of the Panama metro system and welcome the opportunity to assist in developing Panama’s transportation network,” said Sofia Berger, Louis Berger’s vice president in charge of Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Louis Berger is combining local knowledge with global expertise to deliver solutions tailored for the people of Panama,” said D. James Stamatis, president of Louis Berger’s international operations. “As one of the largest engineering firms in the world with regional headquarters in Panama, we will work closely with our Panama Metro client to deliver a transportation solution for the people of Panama by combining our 50-year history within the transportation sector in Latin America with our extensive global rail expertise, which includes signature programs in Ankara, Turkey; Bangkok, Thailand; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Doha, Qatar; and Mumbai, India.”