Although fun to look at, they drive like maniacs and pack in passengers like sardines. It's not uncommon to see someone hanging out the door. The diablos rojos are being replaced by government regulated Metro buses. The new buses are air conditioned, handicapped accessible, and better equipped to accommodate the elderly. Buses will be equipped with special computer software to regulate schedules and fares will be paid with rechargeable electronic cards. The new metro buses will offer qualified bus drivers a monthly salary, and will make them eligible for social security upon retirement.
The old "diablos rojos" will be sold to the Department of Education and turned back into school buses to transport children. As it stands now, only the private schools here seem to bus the children. The kids that attend public school use public transportation or walk to and from school.
Panamá City is also in the process of putting in a Metro Subway system. Once complete, however long it may take. it will hopefully decrease the amount of gridlock traffic in the city.
Just like old school buses, old Americans never die..... instead they move to Panamá to begin a whole new life. In many ways we're just like the old buses, with a fresh coat of paint and a new outlook on life. A fresh start, a new beginning, a willingness to venture into the unknown we roll on down the highway of life discovering new things.......along the gringo trail.
No air conditioning and it's not uncommon to see people hanging out the door
Notice the woman in yellow, a street vendor
Large chrome exhaust pipes so they can be heard
Showing his faith
Picture of an indigenous woman
His woman perhaps?
Row of buses on a typical, congested street in the city