Philippine National Railways New Trains To Begin Operations

These New Trains From Philippine National Railways Will Begin Operations On December 16

The trains will ply the Malabon-FTI route.
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The Philippine National Railways (PNR) has unveiled two sets of diesel multiple unit trains that will ply the Malabon and FTI Taguig route starting on December 16.

Acquired from Indonesian firm PT. Industri Api, the train’s coaches can accommodate 250 passengers per trip.

According to a report from ABS-CBN News, Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said, “When we assumed the administration of President Duterte, there were only 17 routes. As we speak today, there are already 36 operating routes, and that is performance indeed.”

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Secretary Tugade added, “By January [2020], we are expecting to have a total of 40 operating coaches.” The transportation secretary referred to the second batch of trains that consist of four sets with four coaches each.

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Meanwhile, PNR General Manager Junn Magno said, “Ito, 750 to 800 passengers per trip, and ito mas reliable dahil yung mga trains namin ngayon can only make six trips dahil sa maintenance issues. We’re slating this for between eight [and] 10 trips per day, so that’s around 8,000 per day, per train.”

The trains, which were procured for an estimated P3 billion, were unveiled at a ceremony on December 11 held at South Harbor, Manila, Inquirer.net reported.

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