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Old March 14th, 2006, 12:13 PM   #21
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The group went to the Kinki Sharyo factory to inspect the full scale mock up of the rolling stocks intended for the Line 1 capacity expansion project. They inspected the looks, safety and functionality of the features to be incorporated into the final production version of the trains.

Nothing escaped the keen eyes of the inspection team. They saw to it that the trains must be strong and sturdy enough to accommodate passengers. That, there should be no sharp edges or burrs that may cause injury to passengers, operators, and maintenance crews. Even the train operators’ seat must be ergonomically and anatomically designed to reduce fatigue and strain. And, the looks must also be aesthetically pleasing.

Fire extinguishers are also placed on strategic locations inside the train for easy access in case of emergency. Even the rubber matting inside the passenger cabin was checked to see to it that standing passengers do not lose footing while travelling. Passengers with disability, even those on wheelchairs can safely be accommodated.

Judging from the overall report, the train passed most of the inspection and scrutiny of the inspection team.


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Old March 14th, 2006, 12:33 PM   #22
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I really dig those new stocks. And I hope that the MRT would get some as well
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Old May 19th, 2006, 02:47 AM   #23
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At Last....

DOTC eyes E-payment for commuter trains
Tickets may be bought through mobile phone

First posted 01:02am (Mla time) May 19, 2006
By Daxim L. Lucas
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LONG, inconvenient lines at the terminals of Metro Manila’s commuter rail services may soon be a thing of the past after the transportation department unveiled a plan to adopt electronic payment ticketing schemes.

If adopted, commuters may soon be able to buy tickets on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) using their mobile phones, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Assistant Secretary Roberto R. Castañares said.

The new scheme is on top of an ongoing DOTC project to implement a unified ticketing scheme for Metro Manila’s three different commuter train lines.

“We are working out a system that will allow passengers to purchase tickets through their cell phones,” Castañares said. “This system will automatically debit their Smart Cash or G-Cash or their savings accounts so they don’t have to wait in long lines when buying tickets.”

A similar system is already being used by rail authorities in Hong Kong where passengers use cards that can be read by radio signals by simply putting them near the card readers.

The smart cards can be “reloaded” through bank accounts, through the Internet, or with mobile phone payment schemes.

Castañares said the DOTC is “seriously considering” the proposal, adding that it is even better and more efficient than the existing program to unify the ticketing systems being undertaken by the French consultancy firm Systra.

“The Systra study is still ongoing and there’s no conflict with the present system,” he said.

Calls for a more efficient ticketing system have grown louder as the numbers of commuters using the MRT and LRT systems increase, prompted in part by rising gas prices.

During the first quarter of 2006, a total of 34.2 million commuters took the MRT-3, data from the company showed. This represents an 11.2-percent increase in the number of riders from the 30.2 million who used the service during the same period last year.

According to the Light Rail Transit Authority, on the other hand, 40.1 million commuters rode its two train lines during the first three months of 2006. This represents an 18.2-percent increase over the 33.8 million passengers that it ferried during the same period last year.

During the morning and evening rush hours, it can take up to 15 minutes for commuters to buy tickets owing to the long lines.
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Old May 19th, 2006, 10:41 AM   #24
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So how does this work exactly , you sms the charge from your phone to the turnstile??? of to a card (magnetic or smart).


aha silly question, after reading the article properly , looks to function like HK octopus card, a good project indeed.

by the way the north rail is a chinese project. Does anyone know which chinese company is undertaking this particular rail line? Can our chinese friend refer us to the company website or post pictures of their trains and installed projects. tks.
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Old May 19th, 2006, 11:11 AM   #25
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nice new trains. IMO, a lot of MRT-3 stations are getting dusty...and LRT 1 stations are filthy. I love LRT-2 stations though...they're nice and clean....especially the Araneta Center station.
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Old May 19th, 2006, 11:59 PM   #26
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Good to see that Metro Manila keeps moving ahead in rapid transit!
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Old May 20th, 2006, 05:49 AM   #27
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not as fast as china though, plus LRTA still resorts to buying or refurbishing donated 2nd hand trains, practical but would be nice to have some nice new trains.

anyone heard or know of China National Equipment and Machinery Corp.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES: The proposed $503-million North Rail project will not be a fiscal burden to the government, Socioeconomic Planning secretary Romulo L. Neri yesterday said.

Mr. Neri told a briefing yesterday that phase one of the project will not require huge government subsidies and that better loan terms had been negotiated.

"The actual cost of constructing the railway comes at $244.74 million and this is reasonable when you compare it with Spanish and Japanese railway systems that were under consideration previously," he said.

Mr. Neri said the project was initially priced at $600 million but the government was able to bring it down to $503 million.

The project proponent is North Railways Corp., a subsidiary of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA). A loan of $395.22 million in the form of supplier's credit will come from the China National Machinery & Equipment Corp. while the BCDA will provide an additional equity of $107.8 million.

"We were supposed to pay for it in 10 years but we were able to bring it up to 20 years. Interest payment was also reduced from 7% to 3%. This was the first time that China has given a 20-year concessionary loan to a country," Mr. Neri said.

Estimates released by the National Economic and Development Authority said construction of the entire 32.138-kilometer double-track rail system will cost $244.74 million, with each kilometer costing around $7.6 million.

The rest of the $503 million will be used to finance the relocation of squatters, taxes on capital expenditures, and project management funds for the NorthRail Project Management Support Team.

Aside from its economic value, Mr. Neri said the project is attractive because it is expected to speed up passenger and cargo travel between Metro Manila and Central Luzon.

The North Rail project is aimed at revitalizing the long-abandoned Main Line North of the Philippine National Railways (PNR). It will be implemented in four phases.

In the first phase, six stations -- Caloocan, Valenzuela, Marilao, Bocaue, Guiguinto and Malolos -- will be established. It involves the construction and conversion of the existing PNR track into a double track, land acquisition for areas where the existing PNR track is too narrow, procurement of 30 four-car diesel train sets, and the provision of a train control and signaling system.
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Old May 20th, 2006, 08:17 AM   #28
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correcting.. i think you mean the MRT-3 Consortium... LRTA seems to be getting all the New Toys and Facilities.. lol
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Old May 30th, 2006, 05:20 AM   #29
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Photo by Maestro Dudz

Under LRT Line 1



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Old May 30th, 2006, 06:42 AM   #30
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Looks good!
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Old May 30th, 2006, 06:48 AM   #31
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So if you're not allowed to take pictures just sneak in your camera phone and pretend you're texting...
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Old May 30th, 2006, 07:50 AM   #32
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Who did the landscaping? LRTA, MMDA or the local government? They're nice. Good for LRT
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Old May 30th, 2006, 08:01 AM   #33
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Who did the landscaping? LRTA, MMDA or the local government? They're nice. Good for LRT
MMDA..it is part of the Metro Manila Development Authorities Gwapo project where they will going to rehabilitate all the major thoroughfares and tourist/investors routes but of course with the coordination of City Mayors.
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Old May 30th, 2006, 10:31 AM   #34
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I hope they can maintain it!
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Old December 16th, 2006, 07:14 PM   #35
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Finally, the new trains for Line1

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Old December 16th, 2006, 07:24 PM   #36
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Here's the only one I found. They look like they're ready to dance.



And look at Abe, spilling all his drink here and there.... We just washed that train! You better clean it up! At least si mam dinidiligan niya ang poinsettia.

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo cut a ribbon to inaugurate Third Generation (3G) trains in Manila December 9, 2006. Arroyo and Abe later took a test ride after the inauguration ceremony for the Japan-made 3G trains of the Light Rail Transit Authority. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (PHILIPPINES)


Police officials keep guard in a Third Generation (3G) train being ridden by Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Manila December 9, 2006. Arroyo and Abe took the train ride after an inauguration ceremony of the Japan-made 3G trains of the Light Rail Transit Authority. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (PHILIPPINES)

note: look at how the carriage gets narrower towards the front (or rear). i don't know if it's an effect of the photograph or if this is how it's like in person.


Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (Center, L) and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe take a ride amidst tight security in a Third Generation (3G) train in Manila December 9, 2006. Arroyo and Abe took the train ride after an inauguration ceremony for the Japan-made 3G trains of the Light Rail Transit Authority. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (PHILIPPINES)


Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo exit Quirino station after taking a test ride in new Third Generation (3G) trains in Manila December 9, 2006. Arroyo and Abe earlier took part in an inauguration ceremony for the Japan-made 3G trains of the Light Rail Transit Authority. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (PHILIPPINES)

Note: My look how dirty the floor is!!!



Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves after arriving with Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to inaugurate the Third Generation (3G) trains in Manila December 9, 2006. Arroyo and Abe road in the trains after the inauguration ceremony for the Japan-made 3G trains of the Light Rail Transit Authority. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (PHILIPPINES)


Women take shade under newspapers while waiting for Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to inaugurate Third Generation (3G) trains in Manila December 9, 2006. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in the Philippines was postponed after Typhoon Utor was set to sweep into the region. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (Philippines)

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And finally, not related to LRT, but related to GMA-Abe.

Shinzo: To you, my dear... you look radiant tonight!
Gloria: *sigh* *kilig*
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Old December 17th, 2006, 02:55 PM   #37
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@boybaha
it's narrower on both ends except for the driver's area. similar to 2nd generation train.
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Old December 17th, 2006, 03:54 PM   #38
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OMG, Manila's Metro looks exactly like Caracas Venezeula's.


MANILA.


CARACAS.

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Old December 17th, 2006, 07:01 PM   #39
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I am perplexed as to why all the lines in Manila feature overhead wires rather than third rails. All the pictures I have seen show the lines as grade-separated. Are there actually grade crossings on any of the lines?
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Old December 18th, 2006, 12:43 PM   #40
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YELLOW LINE


YELLOW LINE

Hahah, I took these pictures!!! Now you must pay me royalties!!!
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