The Philippines Department of Transport and Communications awarded Mitsubishi Corporation and CAF a contract for the supply of new rolling stock for Manila Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line-1. The contract is funded by a Japanese ODA loan. The contract amount of approximately JPY 30 billion (EUR 227 million).
Under the contract, Mitsubishi will supply rolling stock manufactured by CAF, while equipment installed on the rolling stock will adopt Japanese technology and products. A total of 30 train sets (120 cars) will be supplied over a period from the end of 2020 to the beginning of 2022. For CAF, this is the first contract awarded in the Philippines.
The new units will be bi-directional trains with catenary power supply and sixteen doors on each side, which will provide access for passengers to board and exit the train comfortably. They are 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.
LRT Line-1 is a 20-km elevated metro line connecting north and south Metro Manila, with a 12-km extension further South to Cavite Province now under construction. The rolling stock to be supplied by MC will enhance the capacity of the LRT to accommodate increasing passenger numbers, and will contribute to reducing both traffic congestion and air pollution, which are particularly severe in Metro Manila.