- Six new PNR coaches ordered from Indonesia arrived Monday this week
- This will be used for the Tutuban-FTI and the Malabon-FTI routes
- With this, train intervals will be 45 minutes only starting December 16
Six new PNR coaches arrived in the country on Monday, December 9, which will be utilized for the Tutuban-FTI and the Malabon-FTI routes.
These brand new Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) rail cars will form 2 train sets composed of 3 coaches each and can add 18-20 more trips everyday. The two sets cost Php 485,312,600.00. Most trains in the past are donations or national loan packages but this is a milestone because it was the first time for PNR to procure its own trains.
Starting on December 16, the arrival of train intervals will only be 45 minutes. A total of 37 trains were ordered from Indonesia and the remaining 31 are expected to arrive before February 2020.
“Thirty-one more coaches are set to be delivered from December 2019 to February 2020. These shall form seven train sets of four-and five-car configurations,” the Department of Transportation confirmed.
Once the remaining coaches are already installed, the trains can serve up to 145,000 commuters. With this, waiting time on the platform will be reduced further to 20 minutes.
The official arrival launch will be held on December 11 at Port Area, Manila.
Earlier, newly purchased trains from Japan called the Kogane train set already started their operations. It has state of the art features common in Japan trains like swiveling train chairs, comfort room, reclining and rotating seats and stowable tables.
PNR also extended its operations to Los Banos, Laguna. This added five stations to PNR line from Tutuban, Maynila to Calamba, Laguna.
DOTr will soon open its bidding for the purchase of rolling stock packages as part of the new PNR Clark to Calamba lines.