DOTr train sector resumes operations Friday after TY Ulysses

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020   •   358

MANILA, Philippines — After completing and passing all systems checks conducted earlier today, operations of the MRT-3, LRT-1, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) resumed today Friday (November 13).

This, after services were suspended due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured that all vital equipment such as tracks, signaling, power cables, overhead catenary and station equipment in each of the train systems were found to be functional and in good condition.

Bicol International Airport construction progress rate now at 72.2% — DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The construction of the Bicol International Airport (BIA) project is moving at a fast pace, logging an overall progress rate of 72.2 percent, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Wednesday.

The actual construction of the airport started in December 2016.

It is comprised of Packages 2A and 2B. The DOTr said that as of January 13, 2021, the package 2A of the BIA Development project is now 88.2 percent complete.

Construction work in Package 2A is being handled by the Sunwest Construction and Development Corp. and covers the airport’s landside facilities, such as the Administration Building, Air Traffic Control Building, Crash Fire Rescue Building, and the Maintenance Building.

Package 2B of the airport project, meanwhile, is now 49.5 percent complete. Package 2B which is being handled by the E.M. Cuerpo construction company, covers the construction of the passenger terminal building (PTB), taxiway, runway extension, and other site development works.

Once completed, the Bicol International Airport, which features the iconic Mayon Volcano as its magnificent backdrop, is expected to serve a total of 2 million airline passengers every year.

The new international airport is also projected to boost air traffic in the region amid the existing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The BIA initially started construction in 2008. However, development works were uncompleted until 2012.

“When the Duterte administration came in 2016, the airport’s Package 2A and 2B projects were continued,” the DOTr said in a statement.

An important component of the Duterte Administration’s “Build, Build, Build” Program, the BIA also intends to be an instrumental in the transformation of Albay Province, and the rest of the Bicol Region, into a strong economic contender.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade stressed the importance of having continuous transport infrastructure developments such as the BIA, which will prove vital as the country starts recovering from the impact of COVID-19.

“It can’t be denied that the aviation sector has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. That’s why it is important that we finish the airport at the soonest possible time, as this will absolutely give the economy a boost,” Tugade said.

“Gusto ko matapos ‘yan within the year dahil gusto na natin itong agad na mapakinabangan ng ating mga kababayan. As we ready for take-off, kung baga, dapat all systems go,” he added.

LRT-1 to shorten service hours on Dec. 24 and 31

Marje Pelayo   •   December 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) announced that it will shorten its service hours on December 24 and December 31.

In an advisory on Tuesday (December 22), the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said its stations will open on a regular schedule but will close earlier on the said days both declared as special non-working holidays under Proclamation No. 845.

The LRMC said trains will run from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. both bounds on December 24 while schedule will be from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. both bounds December 31.

Meanwhile, regular operating hours will be implemented on December 25 and January 1 and on weekends with the first train to dispatch from 4:30 a.m. (Balintawak station) and the last train leaves at 9:45 p.m. 

Likewise, the first train from Baclaran leaves at 4:30 a.m. and the last train leaves at 9:30 p.m.

This is 30 minutes earlier than the regular weekday schedule when the last train at Baclaran station leaves at 10:00 pm and 10:30 pm from Balintawak station.

Meanwhile, the train operator said Roosevelt Station will remain temporarily closed “until further notice” as construction of the government’s Common Station or the Unified Grand Central Station is ongoing.

The said common station will connect the LRT-1, MRT-3, and MRT-7.

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PNR unveils new train sets with increased capacity

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Railways (PNR) officially unveiled on Wednesday its newest train sets that are expected to increase the railway’s capacity.

The train sets were unveiled in a ceremony at the Manila Harbour Center, attended by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and other officials.

The PNR said its latest train sets consist of three locomotive and 15 passenger coaches with a passenger capacity of 1,250 per set per train.

The train sets have a maximum design speed of 120 kilometers per hour and feature a water wading capacity of 18 inches.

The PNR said these trains are part of the management’s strategy of re-fleeting in 2018.

The delivery of the train sets completes the 37 cars and 3 locomotives procured in 2018, it added.

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