CAF to Supply Light Rail Vehicles to the Philippines

The Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications has awarded Mitsubishi Corporation and CAF a new rolling stock supply contract for Manila Light Rail Transit (LRT).

The €225 million worth contract is funded through a Japanese ODA Loan Agreement signed by the governments of Japan and the Philippines.

Light Rail Vehicles

Platform area of Blumentritt Station, Manila Light Rail Transit © Philippinerailways – Self-photographed, CC0

Manila Light Rail Transit

Manila, the capital of the Philippines is considered one of the cities with highest population density in the world. This project aims to improve the line capacity, contributing to cater for the growing number of passengers, improving service quality as well as helping to reduce pollution levels in the city.

LRT Line-1, elevated track line which covers 20Km in length and crosses Manila from north to south. The line is currently being extended with a further 12Km section towards the Cavite Province. CAF’s scope includes the manufacture of 30 LRV-type units to be delivered within the 2020 – 2022 period.

Bi-Directional Light Rail Vehicles

These units will be bi-directional trains with catenary power supply (750 Vdc) and sixteen doors on each side, which will provide access for passengers to board and exit the train comfortably. The units, designed to run at a design speed of 70km/h, will have a length of 106m and offer a 276-seat layout which will in turn maximise capacity for standing passengers.

It is worth mentioning the relationship between CAF and Mitsubishi Corporation has led to the development of several joint projects in recent years. Some of these joint projects include the supply of automatic underground units for Istanbul (Turkey) and trams for Canberra (Australia).

CAF in the Philippines

This is the first contract awarded to CAF in the Philippines and confirms the company’s expectations of securing a significant order volume during the second semester of 2017. During this period, as well as this contract in Manila, CAF has won other contracts to be added the company’s backlog of orders which include the supply of trams for Stockholm, De Lijn, Consenza, Seattle and Kansas; metro units for Alger; and trains for the UK and New Zealand.

Original article © CAF.

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