Mga bagong tren para sa LRT Cavite Extension project, dumating na sa bansa

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021   •   299

MANILA, Philippines – Dumating na ngayong Lunes, Oktubre 25, ang ika-12 na bagong train sets para sa Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 1 Cavite Extension Project.

Ang mga bagong tren ay nasa depot ng LRT-1 sa Pasay City.

Bahagi ito ng 30 brand new fourth generation train sets mula sa mga bansang Spain at Mexico na sinimulang i-deliver sa bansa noong Enero.

Mayroong apat na bagon ang bawat isang tren na kayang maglulan ng 1,300 pasahero kada biyahe.

Kumpara sa generation 3 train sets na huling batch ng mga tren na nabili pa noong 2006, ang mga bagong tren ay gumagamit ng mga modernong makinarya.

Pangunahin na rito ang digitalize signaling system para sa mas ligtas at episyenteng pagbyahe ng bawat tren.

Ayon sa LRT-1 management, dadaan muna ang mga tren sa safety check, inspeksyon at test runs bago tuluyang magsimulang bumyahe ang mga bagong tren sa kalagitnaan ng susunod na taon.

Kapag nagsimula nang bumyahe ang mga bagong tren sa naturang linya ng tren, isa-isa na ring aalisin sa operasyon ang natitirang 18 generation 1 train sets na nabili noon pang 1983.

Sa kasalukuyan ay may kabuuang 137 train sets na bumibiyahe sa LRT-1.

inaasahang matatapos mai-deliver sa bansa ang mga natitira pang train sets ng LRT-1 hanggang Hunyo ng susunod na taon.

Bibiyahe rin ito kapag nagbukas na ang LRT-1 Cavite Extension sa 2024. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

LRT-1 ops to be suspended for system upgrade

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The operations of the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) will be temporarily suspended to give way to the upgrading of its signaling system, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said Monday.

In an advisory, the LRMC said LRT-1 will halt its operations on November 28, 2021, and on January 23 and 30, 2022 “to complete the necessary works for the upgrade of its existing signaling system.”

“LRMC, together with its contractor, will be performing a series of test runs and trial runs along the LRT Line 1 on the identified dates to confirm the readiness of the new signaling system for LRT-1,” the line operator said.

Railway signaling (or the “traffic light system” for railway) is a system used to direct railway traffic and keep trains clear of each other at all times, ensuring smooth and safe operations.

The LRMC said the upgrade to the new Alstom signaling system is needed to accommodate the commercial use of 4th Generation train sets on the existing system, which is targeted to begin in mid-2022.

The migration to the new system is part of its efforts to modernize the LRT-1 and deliver better service to customers, it added.

“We would like to request the understanding of our passengers for this temporary inconvenience, and would like to assure them that this will be beneficial in the long-run,” said Enrico Benipayo, LRMC chief operating officer.

The LRMC advised the riding public to plan trips ahead of time and be guided accordingly on passenger advisories.

LRT-1 ops suspended on April 17-18, 24-25

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) on Tuesday announced the temporary suspension of LRT-1 operations for the next two weekends this month to give way to maintenance works.

In an advisory, the LRMC said the temporary shutdown will be implemented on April 17 to 18 and April 24 to 25.

The rail management said the shutdown will allow them to complete the remaining maintenance and rehabilitation works that started during the Lenten week break.

“The works to be carried out during this period would cover the maintenance of trains, stations, and various systems including the scheduled replacement of overhead catenary wires,” the LRMC said.

“The additional days will also accelerate the preparations needed for the commercial use of the new Generation-4 train sets in Q4 2021,” it added.

The rail management said that there will be no changes in the service schedule of LRT-1 on weekdays: Northbound train (4:30AM to 9:15PM), Southbound train (4:30AM to 9:30PM).

The Department of Transportation has confirmed the deployment of public utility buses, running on Route 17 (Monumento to EDSA via Rizal Avenue/Taft Avenue), to support affected commuters during the temporary weekend shutdown, it added.

The LRMC assured that it will continue to enforce its health and safety protocols, as well as comply with IATF guidelines while performing the maintenance works during this period.


Metro railways to operate at limited capacity starting April 5

UNTV News   •   April 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s major railways will scale-down their operations starting Monday, April 5, as train personnel continue to undergo testing for COVID-19, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Sunday.

“We should not compromise the health, safety, and security of the traveling public and our working people. That is a non-negotiable position,” DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said.

MRT-3, LRT-1, and LRT-2 will resume operations at limited capacity tomorrow, April 5, while the Philippine National Railways (PNR) is set to resume operations on Friday, 09 April 2021.

MRT-3 will deploy 10 to 12 trains. Affected passengers will be assisted and served by augmenting buses running on the EDSA Carousel route.

Meanwhile, LRT-2 line will be deploying five (5) trains on its limited operations, and displaced passengers will be accommodated by existing bus routes 9 and 10.

For LRT-1, 17 trains will be deployed, and affected passengers will be accommodated by buses running on Route 17 (Monumento-EDSA via Rizal Avenue/Taft Avenue).

PNR will resume operations on Friday, 09 April 2021, and will be deploying 10-12 trains.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has directed to ensure the isolation/quarantine of the following personnel:

  1. Those who tested positive
  2. Those who are still awaiting test results
  3. Those identified as close contacts of confirmed cases
  4. Employees exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19

With the resumption of railway operations, the DOTr and its Railways Sector assures the public that it will strictly observe the health and safety protocols, measures, and initiatives, to protect the overall welfare of the riding public and personnel, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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