The Department of Transportation is very serious about the development of railways, and LRT-1 just got a brand-spanking new update in the process. Two days ago, the DOTr pulled the covers off of the newest, 4th generation Light Rail Vehicles for Line 1, with the promise that they are more convenient, more comfortable, and “state-of-the-art”.
LRT-1 cars finally get a welcome update and upgrade
The inauguration and unveiling of the new LRT-1 cars were led by PBBM.
“I recognize the hard work that has been done by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the LRTA, and the LRMC, for working together to provide the Filipino people with safe, reliable, and efficient transport services,” the President said.
On his and his agency’s part, DOTr Secretary Jaime J. Bautista went on to describe the new trains’ features of the new trains that he commits will provide enhanced mobility, and “espouse reliability and safety—from the operators to the commuters”.
“These new LRVs are equipped with advanced passenger information system, a new signaling system and ice-cold air-conditioning—leading to a vastly enhanced passenger experience. The train’s brakes and signaling system have also been upgraded as enhanced passenger safety features. These features will substantially improve operational efficiency so that passenger waiting time between train sets will be reduced to less than 3 minutes,” Bautista said.
This acquisition of the new trains comes as part of the LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project. Once this has been completed, the travel time between Baclaran and Bacoor will be shortened from 1 hour and 10 minutes to just 25 minutes. Each new set will have 4 cars, with 1 new set scheduled to be rolled out every week until December this year. Every set is supposed to be able to seat a minimum of 1,388 passengers.
In case you missed it, both the LRT-1 and LRT-2 have increased their fares, so for your information, you can refer to the prices in our guide right here. Fare increase aside new trains are always a good thing. Thanks, DOTr!