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PH orders 240 Japanese train cars for first Manila subway


 Department of Transportation (DOTr) has signed a contract package with two Japanese firms for the commissioning of 240 train cars for the country’s first subway, one of its flagship infrastructure projects under the government’s “Build, build, build” program.


Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. and an East Japan Railway unit announced Monday that they won a 57.5 billion yen ($556 million) order for train cars that will serve Manila's first-ever subway system.


Sumitomo and JR East subsidiary Japan Transport Engineering signed the contract on Dec. 15, according to the news release. The order covers 240 subway cars, with the final delivery date set for March 2027.


The subway will span 36 km and 17 stations in the Greater Manila region. The line will connect Quezon City in the north to the city of Paranaque in the south.


During the ceremony, DOTr Undersecretary Timothy John Batan said a single train of the MMSP would have a maximum capacity of 2,242 passengers, potentially removing up to 1,300 cars, 220 jeepneys, or 60 buses from Metro Manila roads.


The remaining operability section—which includes 13 stations from Quezon Avenue Station to Bicutan Station and NAIA Terminal 3 Station—will begin construction in 2021 and is expected to be operational by 2026. 

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