New railway trains start servicing Metro Manila as public transport resumes under GCQ

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The new DMU trains now plying routes in Metro Manila and Laguna. Photo from DOTr.

Six new railway trains have started plying routes in and around Metro Manila as the National Capital Region shifted to General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) announced that the 6 new trains have been deployed in routes from Governor Pascual to Bicutan, Tutuban to Alabang, and Tutuban to Calamba in Laguna province beginning June 1, 2020.

PNR General Manager Junn Magno said that the 6 newly-acquired Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) from Indonesia are servicing the areas together with two other existing DMU trains.

The new DMU trains have seats made of PVC that are easier to clean and disinfect against diseases compared to fabric seats, GM Magno added.

All PNR trains have been marked with stickers where passengers may sit or stand to be able to observe social distancing. Markers were also posted inside the trains and various frequented areas where passengers may stand or sit.

The DMU trains make trips safer and smoother since these trains have a driving engine on each car-end, thereby making it easier to make turns after every trip, said DOTr.

Physical distancing observed on the first day of resumed service on PNR trains. Photos from GM Junn Magno.

The 6 units of DMU were procured in 2018 and were delivered in 2019 and earlier this year 2020. The trains were tested in inaugural runs in December.

Before train service was halted due tot he lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19, the PNR started work on the preservation and restoration of the 129-year-old Brick Railway Station in Malolos, Bulacan, side by side with the construction of a new modern station for the Manila-Clark Railway System.

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