Private operator of LRT-1 Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) receives the twelfth brand-new 4th Generation (Gen-4) train set at its Baclaran Depot in Pasay City today, October 25.
LRMC, together with partners from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), and Manila Harbor Center Port Services, Inc. (MHCPSI), has been receiving the Gen-4 train sets in batches this year since the arrival of the first Gen-4 train set in the Philippines last January 18.
Each Gen-4 train set consists of 4 light rail vehicles (LRVs) with total capacity of 1,300 passengers per trip. A total of 30 train sets (or 120 LRVs) from Spain and Mexico are scheduled for delivery until June 2022 to be used for the existing system and Cavite Extension project of the Light Rail Transit Line 1.
The state-of-the-art passenger train sets measure 106 meters in length and 2.59 meters in width, with maximum design speeds of up to 70 kph. They have destination signs to inform passengers if the trains are heading north or south. The driver station inside features a modern design, with a monitor that shows the temperature. The new train sets are also PWD-friendly with special areas for wheelchairs.
LRT-1’s newest trains are set to be deployed for revenue use by mid-2022 after undergoing complete safety checks, inspections, and required test runs with minimum kilometers and acceptance tests.
“We are in the service business to give people back their time through a reliable, safe, and efficient transport. Since assuming the operations and management of LRT-1, we have increased the number of trains available to our customers by almost 50% and shortened waiting times. We are happy to continue moving forward with our upgrades and fleet modernization, in line with our commitment to service excellence,” said Juan F. Alfonso, President and CEO of LRMC.
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LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). LRT-1 is Metro Manila’s ISO-certified train system.