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New PNR train sets operational after lockdown

With the latest delivery of two new train sets, this will drastically improve not just the ridership, not just its rolling stock, but also how each passenger would see and feel when they are able to ride the new PNR trains.

Maria Romero

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The two new additional train sets, which were delivered to the Philippines on 28 March, will double the daily ridership of the Philippine National Railways to 140,000 passengers from about 60,000. / Photograph COURTESY OF the department of transportation

To ease the daily plight of its passengers, the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will deploy two additional train sets once the extended enhanced community quarantine in Luzon is lifted.

PNR general manager Junn Magno said the additional trains will have to undergo RAMS (reliability, availability, maintainability and safety) validation first before they start commercial service.

With a capacity of 1,000 passengers per trip, each train set will serve the PNR’s Metro Line from Tutuban to Alabang.

The two new Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains, which were part of the 8100 series supplied by the Indonesian rolling stock manufacturer PT Industri Kereta Api (INKA), arrived at the Port of Manila on 28 March.

Transportation chief Arthur Tugade welcomed the delivery of the two new train sets, noting that despite the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the PNR continues to fulfill its promise to make commuters comfortable.

“The PNR is being true to its promise — to provide the riding public with a comfortable daily trip. With the latest delivery of two new train sets, this will drastically improve not just the ridership, not just its rolling stock, but also how each passenger would see and feel when they are able to ride the new PNR trains,” he said.

The new train sets are now parked at the PNR’s Tayuman yard in Manila and are ready for passenger service.

They are part of PNR’s 2018 train procurement that aims to transform and improve the services of the country’s rail network.

DMU trains have additional security features, such as obstacle door detectors to prevent passengers from getting caught in between doors and a tropicalized air-conditioning system designed for the country’s climate.

The trains likewise have polycarbonate glass windows, which are stronger against damages, especially after the stone-throwing incidents along the PNR line.

Last year, the first batch of DMU train sets, composed of six railcars, arrived in the country and started operation on 16 December 2019.

PNR purchased a total of 37 railcars expected to be delivered in the country in batches.

Once all procured new train sets are operational, the PNR targets to serve a total of 140,000 passengers per day — at least double the current capacity of 48,000 to 60,000 passengers daily.

The PNR Metro Line runs from Governor Pascual in Malabon, Tutuban in Manila to Los Baños in Laguna.

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