New batch of LRT-1 trains arrive in PH, with more to come next year

Updated Oct 27, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Traffic Updates

The new trains are faster and more efficient.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that the first batch of “fourth-generation” LRT-1 trains has arrived in the country. It is composed of 12 train sets from Mexico and Spain, with each set consisting of four light rail vehicles (LRVs). These trains are set to go into LRT-1’s operations next year.

DOTr first batch of fourth-gen LRT-1 trains

The first batch of fourth-gen LRT-1 trains arrived

According to DOTr Secretary Art Tugade, one train set can transport around 1,300 passengers. It is designed with next-gen features including a digital system and special areas for wheelchairs. With this, not only does the new trains offer better convenience for commuters, but also benefits persons with disability (PWDs).

Moreover, the fourth-gen trains are now more efficient and faster. Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) President and CEO Juan Alfonso said that the wait time between trains will be reduced from the usual three and a half minutes to two and a half minutes. This makes the new trains 30 percent faster as compared to the current 40-year-old first-gen trains.

Fourth-gen LRT-1 trains interior

Each train set can comfortably accommodate around 1,300 commuters

The new batch is said to be a key in welcoming the LRT-1 Cavite Extension once the construction is completed. In our previous report, the 11.7-km extension project is around 60 percent completed, and is expected to start its partial operation by the end of 2022. The LRT-1 Cavite Extension passes through the cities of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Cavite.

Tugade noted that the first batch of LRT-1 trains will be tested thoroughly to ensure safety for commuters. The trains will undergo safety checks, inspections, required test runs with minimum kilometers, and acceptance tests. Additionally, 18 more train sets are expected to scheduled to arrive before June 2022.

LRT-1 trains arrival Philippines

Expect to see the new trains next year

In other news, the second batch of train sets was recently installed on the MRT-7 tracks. This makes San Miguel Corporation (SMC) be on track of meeting the project’s target completion date in late 2022. All the railway development projects are a testament to DOTr’s commitment to providing a safer and more comfortable mode of transportation.

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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