The Philippine National Railways (PNR) eyes doubling its capacity with the operation of all the new trains set to arrive by 2020.
Six brand-new diesel multiple unit (DMU) railcars started operations yesterday on PNR’s metro line that runs from Tutuban in Manila to Los Baños in Laguna.
This is the first batch out of the 37 railcars and three locomotives to be delivered to the PNR.
The remaining railcars will be delivered in batches in 2020.
Once all these new train sets become operational, the PNR can serve a total of 140,000 passengers per day, double the current capacity of 48,000 to 60,000.
The six brand-new DMU train cars, manufactured by the Indonesian firm PT-INKA, form two train sets of three railcars each. These are expected to add 18 to 20 more trips per day on its assigned routes from Tutuban to FTI in Taguig City and from Malabon to FTI.
Arthur Tugade, secretary of the Department of Transportation and Junn Magno, general manager of the PNR, led the launch of the new train sets in a ceremony held yesterday at the PNR Dela Rosa Station in Makati City.
The two train sets aim to accommodate 13,500 additional passengers daily, bringing the total capacity of PNR from 60,000 to 73,500 passengers per day.
Each of the new railcars can carry 250 passengers. A total of 750 passengers can be accommodated in the three railcars per trip.
Magno said the arrival of the two train sets is ahead of the original schedule, which is February 2020.
Tugade said the number of operating stations have increased to 37 from only 14 when he assumed office in 2016.
Last year, the DOTr, through the PNR, signed a deal with PT INKA for the purchase of new railcars and locomotives. This is the first batch out of the 37 railcars and three locomotives to be delivered to the country.