Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has commenced test runs for the newly delivered fourth Generation (Gen-4) train sets for the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) in the Philippines. During the trial run, the trains will be operated during off-peak hours and weekends to test reliability and performance as well as compliance with technical and operational standards.

A total of 30 Gen-4 train sets, each consisting of four light rail vehicles (LRVs), will undergo a number of dynamic test runs in stages, with two to three train sets crossing the main line every day. Before being approved and eventually handed over to LRMC for commercial use, each Gen-4 train set is required to travel 1,000 km. The agency is targeting to deploy the vehicles on the LRT1 by the end of May 2022.

The new train sets were produced and delivered by Japan-based Mitsubishi Corporation and Spain-based Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrorcarriles (CAF). The Gen-4 train sets have a passenger capacity of 1,300 and will have a maximum design speed of up to 70 km per hour.