Heads up, commuters who take the LRT-1 line on your daily commute to work (or university). You’ll notice that the new fourth-generation trains are finally being run on the line alongside the other three generations.
But the catch is that you can’t actually ride any of these new trains just yet.
The Light Rail Manila Corporation has started running 30 of these new train sets since last night (May 4) as part of the required 1,000km test runs needed for the verification before they are handed over to LRMC for commercial use. This is why you’ll only catch these trains during off-peak hours and weekends, to ensure the smooth flow of foot traffic within the different stations during peak hours.
To give you a bit of a refresher, these new train sets are manufactured by Mitsubishi Corporation and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles of Spain. These sets are 106m long and 2.59m wide, allowing for a total capacity of 1,300 passengers, and are capable of traveling at speeds of up to 70km/h. The interior has modern features like destination signs (if the train is heading north or south), a temperature monitor, and PWD-friendly areas for wheelchairs.
If you’re a commuter, expect the target date for commercial use to be at the end of May. But if you’re a trainspotter, at least you know when to head to your nearest LRT-1 station.