On February 14, the Philippine National Railways (PNR) unveiled two trainsets with a four-car formation per set.
Leading the unveiling of the new trainsets is PNR General Manager Junn Magno. He announced that a limited number of passengers can ride the new trains for free during the trains’ 150-hour validation and static test.
Mr. Magno said, “With the four INKA trains, that is another 35,000 passengers per day. Ito na ang na-add natin within the system. Ang estimate natin, dapat the whole fleet can accommodate at least 90,000 passengers.”
The General Manager also added that with the additional new trains, PNR’s entire fleet can accommodate an additional 35,000 passengers. That number is expected to increase in the next few years.
The new trainsets, which is an 8,100 series of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU), will ply the Tutuban to Alabang route once deployed for operation. The series is expected to serve 1,000 passengers per trip.
The new trains are part of the 2018 train procurement and PNR’s re-fleeting strategy which will help boost the country’s railway capacity and trip frequency.
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