Arrival Ceremony for Batch 1 of LRT-1’s 4th Generation Light Rail Vehicles
On 26 January 2021, Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiko KOSHIKAWA, together with Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, welcomed the arrival of the first batch of 4th generation light rail vehicles (LRVs) which will be used for the Light Rail Transit-Line 1 (LRT-1).
Funded by the Government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a total of 120 new LRVs will be provided to the LRT-1, with Mitsubishi Corporation as the implementing contractor.
This undertaking forms part of the “Capacity Enhancement of Mass Transit Systems in Metro Manila Project,” which includes support for the expansion of both the LRT-1 and LRT-2. By procuring new LRVs, rehabilitating existing facilities, constructing line extension, and expanding current depots, the said project aims to improve the capacity of the LRT and deliver a safer, more reliable, and punctual railway system to commuters in the capital.
In his message during the ceremony, Ambassador Koshikawa expressed his commitment to work closely with the Philippine government and reaffirmed that Japan’s unswerving support is with the Philippines all the way, as evident in the Build, Build, Build program.