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DOST suggests utilizing locally created trains at NAIA terminals

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has recommended deploying locally-developed trains at the airport’s four terminals, according to a DOST executive who spoke on Thursday (NAIA).

Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista recently visited the DOST and briefed him on the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) System, Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT), and Hybrid Electric Train, according to Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) executive director Robert Dizon (HET).

“He recently heard about our public transportation options. The AGT, which we thought is excellent for connecting the NAIA terminals, really piqued his interest “To the Philippine News Agency, Dizon spoke.

Renato Solidum Jr., the secretary of DOST, promised to produce a concept paper and to continue conversations, according to Dizon.

The MIRDC states that the AGT is electrically driven, has a coach that can accommodate up to 30 passengers, and has a top speed of 60 kph when fully loaded. It was built with environmentally beneficial features such as a reduced reliance on fossil fuels and no greenhouse gas emissions.

The HERT, which is 40 meters long and has five interconnected coaches that can hold 220 passengers each coach, and the HET, which the Philippine National Railways adopted, were the other DOST-developed transportation systems that they displayed.

“Collaboration is essential for the good of the populace, and not just in the areas of communication and transportation. We are excited to collaborate with the DOTr as we advance both departments’ objectives of enhancing the nation’s investment environment, political stability, and economic expansion “said Solidum.

Data from the Manila International Airport Authority revealed that from December 1 to December 21, the NAIA’s passenger throughput has risen to 85% of its pre-pandemic level.

In the first 21 days of December of this year, there were 2.4 million passengers at NAIA, compared to 2.8 million during the same period in 2019.

The number of travelers now is substantially higher than the 898,000 expected between December 1 and December 21, 2021.

Airport officials recently requested Grab’s vehicle rental fleet to allocate an additional 200 units at the nation’s primary entry point due to the spike in passenger volume this peak season.

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