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LRTA, TUP to build research, training lab for railway industry

MANILA, Sept. 29 — The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) on Wednesday said it has partnered with the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) to put up a research and training laboratory that aims to keep abreast with the advancement in the railway industry.

With their vision to introduce modern technology in the railway industry, the joint research teams outlined their scheme for further study to translate research results into innovation.

Rafael S. Rodriguez, LRTA Administrator, said the creation of the research lab will provide technical expertise and assistance in the conduct of research activities associated with railway system.

The research laboratory will focus on the localization of spare parts for trains, railway tracks and maintenance of rolling stocks.

In addition, a container van, equipped with modern equipment and facilities, has also been planned to be set up at LRTA Line 1 Depot in Pasay City. It will be manned by LRTA engineers, TUP professors and railway engineering students.

The LRTA has also supported the proposal on the utilization of solar power system in stations to minimize power consumption.

"As we bring innovation in our railway system, the solar-powered stations will significantly contribute to the global preservation of our environment. This is an effort also to promote energy conservation,” Rodriguez said.

Besides physical advancements, the joint research team shall likewise be working on a study proposal that would give birth to a warning system for alerting train overloads. These sensors detect passenger volume and provide a warning alert for riders who want to board the train despite congestion.

“Train overload has been a common problem of every Filipino commuter. With the introduction of this gadget, we’ll prevent untoward incidents such as door-pinning, pushing and abrupt breaking. At the end of the day, the safety of the passengers is our precedence,” Rodriguez said. (PNA)

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