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LRMC test runs LRT-1 4th gen trains

Manila Times
May 10, 2022 (Philippines)

LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT-Line 1 (LRT-1) private operator Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) has announced the start of dynamic test runs for the brand-new fourth generation (gen-4) train sets along its existing line.

The gen-4 trains will be seen running along LRT-1, beginning Wednesday night, May 4, 2022, and thereafter, during off-peak hours and weekends to demonstrate reliability and performance, including their compliance with the technical and operational requirements.

"We would like to inform our passengers that they will now start seeing brand-new gen-4 trains along the LRT line 1, but they still cannot ride these gen-4 trains yet. We are conducting these trial runs to simulate regular commercial operations and to make sure that these trains are safe for the passengers once we put them to commercial service soon," shares Enrico Benipayo, LRMC chief operating officer.

A total of 30 gen-4 train sets — each consisting of four light rail vehicles — will be put to a series of dynamic test runs in phases with two to three train sets crossing the main line per day. LRMC train operators will be driving the new train sets, manufactured by Mitsubishi Corp. and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrorcarriles of Spain.

Each gen-4 train set needs to complete a total of 1,000 kilometers prior to acceptance by the grantors and their eventual handover to LRMC for commercial use.

"We would like to assure our passengers that this activity will not affect the normal operations of LRT-1," adds Benipayo.


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