PNR,DOTr unveil two brand new trains under Build Build Build program of govt

PNR,DOTr unveil two brand new trains under Build Build Build program of govt

The Duterte administration has been silently improving the mass transportation of the country.

And we are not talking to the sad and horrendous state of the country’s main artery- the Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue – all thanks to senator Grace Poe.

We are talking about the long neglected Philippine National Railway (PNR).

Early this week, PNR unveiled its two sets of brand new trains procured from Indonesian firm PT. Industri Kereta Api (Persero) “PT INKA” for P485.31 million.

Two sets of brand new diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains procured from Indonesia
(photo credit to owner)

Unlike, the ones bought by the Aquino administration from China for MRT-2, these trains from Indonesia will be fully operational by December 16.

“When we assumed, the administration of Pres. Duterte… there were only 17 routes; as we speak today, there are already 36 operating routes, and that is performance indeed,” said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade 

“By January next year, we are expecting to have a total of 40 operating coaches,” he added, referring to the expected arrival of the second batch of INKA DMU trains: 4 sets with 4 coaches each. 
The two trains will ply the Malabon and FTI route, each coach can accommodate 250 passengers per trip.
“Ito mas reliable. Trains namin ngayon can just go 6 trips dahil nga maintenance issues. Ito we’re slating this for between 8-10 trips per day at 800 [passengers] per set. That’s another 8,000 [passengers] per day capacity we’re putting per train, so we’re introducing 16,000 [passengers] per day,” PNR general manager Junn Magno explained.

The PNR general manager added that safeguards are in place to ensure that the trains are safe and reliable.
“Isa sa safeguards namin dito sinegurado namin may standards kaming pina-follow… puro international railway standards inilagay namin doon sa TOR (terms of reference).”

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