By KRIS BAYOS
MANILA, Philippines — Thirty more donated train coaches from Japan are set to arrive before the end of the month to be used to expand the capacity and improve the operation of the Philippine National Railways (PNR).
PNR General Manager Jun Ragrario Friday said 30 electric motor units (EMUs) previously used by Japan Rail East (JRE) will be shipped to Manila toward November.
He said the EMUs are similar to those used in the Light and Metro Rail Transits (LRT and MRT), so they have to be refurbished and reconfigured to operate in the PNR Metro Manila line.
Ragrario said the delivery of additional coaches from Japan will improve the capacity of PNR’s current six train sets, composed of 18 coaches, which are plying daily the PNR tracks from Tutuban in Manila to Alabang in Muntinlupa City.
“With the additional coaches, interval between PNR trips will be reduced from 30 to 20 minutes. Less overcrowding of passengers will be a likely result of shorter headway,” he added.