Train Cars From Spain and Mexico for LRT-1 Arrive in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — The first batch of train cars manufactured in Spain and Mexico for the Manila Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line-1 Cavite extension arrived Tuesday.

Eight, fourth-generation train cars — out of 120 or 30 train sets — were unveiled through a Facebook post of the Department of Transportation. The rest of the train cars will be delivered until 2022.

Mitsubishi Corporation, the company contracted for the said project, acquired the train cars from Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, Spain’s largest rolling stock manufacturer.

The project is expected to cater to 800,000 passengers a day instead of the current 300,000, cutting travel time between Manila and Cavite to only 25 minutes.

The LRT-1 Cavite extension is a project of the Department of Transportation, Mitsubishi Corporation, the Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocariles, the Light Rail Transit Authority, the Light Rail Manila Corporation, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the CMX Consortium.

The said government agency eyed a partial operation this year.

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Arvyn Cerézo
Arvyn Cerézo is the editor of La Jornada Filipina, the first and largest Spanish-language news magazine in the Philippines. His work has appeared in South China Morning Post, Publishers Weekly, AudioFile Magazine, PhilSTAR Life and Book Riot. You can find him on

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