Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the private operator of LRT-1, received its twelfth brand-new 4th Generation (Gen-4) train set at its Baclaran Depot in Pasay Oct. 25, 2021.
LRT-1’s newest trains will be deployed for revenue use by mid-2022, after undergoing complete safety checks, inspections, plus required test runs with minimum kilometers and acceptance tests.
“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,” announced Juan F. Alfonso, LRMC President and CEO.
“We continue moving forward with our upgrades and fleet modernization, in line with our commitment to service excellence,” he added.
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 January.
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.