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LRMC taps Voith to repair trains

- Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo

LIGHT RAIL Manila Corp. (LRMC) has signed a P450millio­n agreement with Voith Digital Solutions Austria GmBH and Co KG for the rehabilita­tion and upgrade of Light Rail Transit-1 (LRT-1) generation-2 trains.

In a statement, the operator and maintenanc­e provider of the LRT-1 system said the Austrian company will re-engineer the 24 light rail vehicles (LRVs) of six train sets in the next two years.

“The rehabilita­tion of the 24 LRVs will expand capacity which should result in faster travel time because of reduced train headway and queueing time,” LRMC President Juan F. Alfonso said in a statement.

The project will be the first overhaul of the Generation 2 fleet’s propulsion system since the government bought the generation-2 trains from Hyundai and Adtranz Sweden in 1999, said LRMC. —

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