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President Benigno S. Aquino III has instructed the Department of Science and Technology to look into improving the ride quality of its automated guideway transit (AGT) system in order provide the utmost comfort and security for its passengers.
The President issued his instructions after taking the AGT, the Philippines’ first locally developed and fully automated transport system located within the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City, on a demo run.
In an interview, DOST Secretary Mario Montejos said the President, upon completing the 465-meter concrete elevated track run of the AGT, immediately called his attention to the bumpy ride due to uneven tracks and suspension system.
“Napansin namin na napansin din ni (President Aquino) na medyo makalog ang aming ride (sa AGT). Napansin din niya na medyo maalon yung track na napansin din namin. Napansin din niya na baka matakot ang mga pasahero (dahil dito),” Montejo said.
He assured the President that his agency would expeditiously act on his concerns and would be addressed by the time the third prototype of the AGT would be made available.
“The third prototype will be more comfortable and (its ride quality will be) less harsh,” Montejo said.
A flagship project of the DOST in collaboration with UP, the prototype AGT is an elevated train capable of transporting passengers from station to station. The train is emission-free and is electrically driven, similar to AGTs and other elevated carriers in other countries and the rail transit systems in Metro Manila.
Montejo said that the total project cost for the 465-meter elevated concrete track, coaches or cars, rolling stocks or main mechanical frameworks and power system and controls amounted to P55-million.