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Panama's Red Devils give way to a decidedly more vanilla flavor of public transport

Friday, December 30, 2011


Here comes the Diablo Rojo, the Red Devil bus blasting its air horn and fishtailing around a fellow “demon” just in time to claim morning commuters in Panama City. Suffice it to say the Red Devils earn their name.

But Panama City is rapidly modernizing, with a towering skyline and sprawling shopping malls that promoters hope will put it on the map as another Singapore.

With that has come a push for order. A subway is being dug. Roadways are being built or planned. The Red Devils are being phased out in favor of something decidedly more vanilla and benign, a Metro Bus system with generic boxy white vehicles familiar in any cities. The only dash of a color is an orange slash.

Original source: New York Times