LRT2 DRIV­ING SIM­U­LA­TOR SEEN TO IM­PROVE TRAIN SAFETY, CUT COSTS

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - METRO - By Krixia Sub­ing­sub­ing @krix­i­asINQ

The 3D vi­su­als chal­lenge them with up to 25 emer­gency sce­nar­ios, in­clud­ing those in­volv­ing “jumpers.”

Train driv­ers of the Light Rail Tran­sit 2 (LRT2) can now prac­tice and raise their skill lev­els, thus im­prov­ing pas­sen­ger safety, us­ing a P75-mil­lion sim­u­la­tor sys­tem re­cently ac­quired by the Light Rail Tran­sit Au­thor­ity (LRTA).

The up­grade is ex­pected to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the cost of train­ing driv­ers on the 13.8-km line.

Prior to the in­stal­la­tion of the new sys­tem, driv­ers un­der­go­ing a month­long course had to spend two weeks prac­tic­ing on empty trains, usu­ally at night when the sta­tions are closed, ac­cord­ing to Felix Leyson, LRTA man­ager for op­er­a­tions.

Those nightly runs had added to the LRT2’s power ex­pen­di­tures with­out gen­er­at­ing rev­enue, Leyson noted.

LRTA ad­min­is­tra­tor Rey­naldo Bar­roya said the sim­u­la­tor—man­u­fac­tured by the Spain- based Lan­der Sim­u­la­tions and Train­ing So­lu­tions—was the first of its kind in the coun­try and could help en­sure the safety of pas­sen­gers while short­en­ing the train­ing pe­riod for the driv­ers.

Two sim­u­la­tor units were for­mally un­veiled on Wed­nes­day in a room at the LRT2 Recto Sta­tion in Manila.

The sim­u­la­tor projects a 3D re­pro­duc­tion of the to­pog­ra­phy of the LRT2 line as seen from the driver’s seat, in­clud­ing the sig­nal­ing fea­tures, sta­tions and the Metro Manila cityscape as back­drop.

The pro­gram sets up the driver-trainees for 25 “most fre­quent fault oc­cur­rences” re­quir­ing quick me­chan­i­cal ad­just­ments or im­me­di­ate trou­bleshoot­ing.

Th­ese in­clude emer­gency stops, power out­ages, ex­treme weather con­di­tions, and when a per­son is ac­ci­den­tally pushed or de­lib­er­ately jumps into the path of a mov­ing train.

Com­pared to LRT1 and the Metro Rail Tran­sit (MRT3), LRT2 is con­sid­ered the least busy, with a daily rid­er­ship of about 200,000.

—KRIXIA SUB­ING­SUB­ING

TRAIN­ING IN 3D One of the two sim­u­la­tor units at LRT2 Recto Sta­tion.

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