Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Pres Arroyo to launch new PNR trains in Tutuban


President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will formally launch tomorrow (Tuesday, July 14) the new trains of the newly-revitalized Philippine National Railways (PNR) and unveil the PNR corporate logo in ceremonies at Tutuban Station in Tondo, Manila.

The new trains will provide the public efficient and cheaper mode of transportation aside from spurring economic development in the Metropolis and southern parts of Luzon.

Slated to welcome the President at the launching site, are Vice President Noli de Castro, PNR chairman Michael Defensor, PNR General Manager Manuel Andal, Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro Mendoza, and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, among other officials.

The Chief Executive will then lead the unveiling of the new PNR corporate logo.

The President, along with the PNR officials, will then ride the new train from Tutuban to Buendia.

During the 20-minute ride, the President is expected to interact and converse with the PNR Suking Pasahero.

The newly-revitalized PNR has introduced the following to its railway system: a recently acquired tract maintenance equipment, a prototype unit of an old coach that was fully refurbished with a new body manufactured in the Philippines, and a Korean manufactured Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train which consist of three cars, namely, two Driving Motor Railcar (DMR) with driver’s cabin an one intermediate Trailer Railcar (ITR) without driver’s cabin.

The new trains will now serve the commuting public bound to and from Tutuban and Alabang PNR stations.

In the early 2000s, the Philippine government underscored the need to rehabilitate the Northrail and Southrail lines, both aimed at increasing tourism and providing the public with an efficient and speedier form of transportation within the island of Luzon.

Construction has already begun on the rehabilitation of Northrail and Southrail and creating Northrail-Southrail linkage (which previously did not exist). Both China and Korea are involved with these projects.

The North and South rail projects will be upgraded from the present-day single track to a dual-track system, (separate tracks for north and south bound trains to allow for simultaneous operation) and will be capable of speeds from approximately 80 to 130 kph. (PND)

1 comment:

  1. congrats to PNR chairman mike defensor for the good project!