Bataan Peninsula State University’s (BPSU) new course in Railway Engineering under its College of Engineering and Architecture is getting a boost by its hosting of the mass transportation system designed and developed by the Department of Science and Technology – Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC).
The Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) alternative mass transportation technology whose prototype was first presented to BPSU in 2019, is a train that can travel up to the speed of 60 kph and could carry 30 passengers.
The DOST, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), and the BPSU signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the installation of the AGT at the BPSU on January 27, 2022.
The construction of the rail track, electrical room and coach storage, testing, and module development, as well as the AGT laboratory facility, are expected to be completed by December 2022.
The Railway Engineering program of the BPSU will be offered to students by August 2023.
DOST-MIRDC Executive Director expressed the Center’s full support for the project. “I am proud to say that I am from Balanga. Balanga is my hometown. I am really proud that we will have here railway engineering using the AGT,” Dir. Dizon said.
He shared with the audience the hope that eventually, we will see the real AGT plying around Balanga.
DOST had also deployed the Philippine-made Hybrid Electric Road Train to give free rides to COVID-19 frontliners in Isabela amidst the lockdown.
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