Monday, 20 September 2010

LRT Line 1 to get 7 new trains after rehab

Waiting time to be shortened to three minutes
by Jeremiah F. de Guzman
Manila Standard

THE Light Rail Transit Authority said it will add seven new trains for the operations of LRT Line 1 after reporting the completion of a ¥1.33-billion (P687 million) rehabilitation project.

The LRTA said another rehabilitation project worth about P1 billion is set for implementation next year.

The project is expected to improve the operations of the entire LRT system.

Rodrigo Bulario, LRTA project manager for the LRT Line 1 Capacity Expansion Project, told reporters that a new train will be introduced to the LRT Line 1’s 29-train fleet next month.

“We will deliver a running train by end of October. We are targeting to add seven trains until March next year.”

Bulario said the new trains, which may be delivered every month starting next month, are expected to improve headways in LRT Line 1 from around six minutes now to about three minutes by next year.

He said this is part of the rehabilitation project which started in December 2009.

This includes restoration of old trains, improvements in train air conditions, repair of tracks and revamping electrical systems.

LRTA Administrator Rafael Rodriguez also said the rail authority is preparing another set of rehabilitation projects that involve “an immediate enhancement program and a long-term improvement program on the physical facilities and system.”

“It may take two to three years,” Rodriguez said.

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