The Department of Transportation said Friday it expects new trains to be deployed on the LRT Line 1 system in the second quarter.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the deployment of the light rail vehicles would be done in phases. Twenty new Gen-4 train sets, out of the expected 30, already arrived in the Philippines.
Light Rail Manila Corp., the operator of LRT Line 1, received the Gen-4 train sets in batches since the arrival of the first set in January 2021. The new trains will be used for the existing line and the future LRT-1 Cavite Extension whose construction is in full swing, with 69 percent completion rate as of end January 2022.
The LRT-1 Baclaran Expansion Depot was recently completed, increasing the depot’s stabling capacity from 130 to 182 LRVs.The expansion will also ease up movements of trains, as it will give enough space for ingress and egress inside the depot leading to increased train availability. An additional satellite depot, also funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency, is also nearing completion.