(prensa.com) The Metro Bus system is expected to generate an estimated 3,400 employment opportunities in the country, as reported by Iván Posada, Manager of the operating company Transporte Masivo Panamá.
Posada, during an interview on the weekly Channel 2 news program, reported that the workforce will be well structured, include training programs, and offer benefits.
According to the director, the Metro Bus is an exciting opportunity for both those who will be transferred over from the current system and those who are currently unemployed.
The official went on to explain that the bulk of the workforce – an estimated 1,800 employees – will be bus drivers. The system also plans to hire 430 mechanics and 380 people to keep the vehicles neat and clean.
On the television program, Posada reiterated that the new mass transit system will be operational from this Dec. 28, beginning along the Corredor Sur (southern highway) route. The initial launch date was Dec. 18, however it was reported that poor weather conditions in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, prevented several vehicles from being transported on time to the port where they were to be shipped to Panama.
Minister of the Presidency, Jimmy Papadimitriu, asked the general public for their patience considering the circumstances.