Faster, sleeker rides! New LRT-1 4th generation trains arrive photo

Faster, sleeker rides! New LRT-1 4th generation trains arrive

Oct 26, 2021, 4:25 AM
Heloise Diamante

Heloise Diamante


Commuters will soon enjoy smoother and more convenient train rides with the arrival of new 4th generation coaches for LRT-1 to replace the aging ones some of which are already 40 years old.

FORTY old Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) trains are set to be replaced by new “fourth generation” trains from Mexico and Spain by next year.

A new shipment of 4th Gen trains for the LRT-1 have arrived in the Philippines on October 25, in addition to the earlier shipments on January this year.

According to Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) president and CEO Juan Alfonso, 12 (48 cars) out of the 30 trains (120 cars) have so far arrived and will undergo testing and commissioning by Spanish engineers.

Manila Harbor Center Port Services, Inc. delivered eight light rail vehicles earlier this month while the rest of the shipments are scheduled for delivery until June 2022.

The new 4-car configuration trains will be used in the entire LRT-1 by 2022 as well as the soon-to-be-completed Cavite Extension project.

The first generation trains have been used since 1984 while the second and third generation were introduced in 1999 and 2007, respectively.

Unlike the trains plying the LRT-1 today, the 4th Gen trains offer wheelchair access and space accommodation as well as new train parts.

Alfonso also says the LRT-1 is also upgrading its signaling system to reduce its headway, the wait time between trains, from the current three and a half minutes to two and a half minutes.

In August, the LRT-1 Cavite Extension was reportedly 60 percent complete and is on track to begin partial operations in the first quarter of 2024.

Composed of eight stations running along an 11.7-kilometer stretch of railway, the LRT-1 Cavite Extension is expected to be completed by 2027.

Tags: #LRT1, #transportation, #train, #4thgenerationtrain

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