The Light Rail Transit Authority in partnership with TrackMate Business Solutions will launch today the Passenger Assist-Rail Display System (PARDS) Project at LRT-2 Cubao Station.
LRTA Administrator Gen. Reynaldo I. Berroya said that “PARDS” is exclusively designed for LRT-2 commuters to receive REAL-TIME communication while on-board the train. The project is a proprietary technology provided by an all Filipino Technology company, the Trackmate Business Solutions at no cost to the government.
Berroya stressed that through this technology passengers will receive real-time information on train arrival/departure, train location, news, public service and emergency announcements, passengers traffic and entertainment.
The Passenger Assist-Rail Display System is powered by GPS and updated in the cloud then translated into Audio-Video display. Forty (40) train digital display monitors per trainset will be installed. A mobile phone application will also be developed (IOS and Android) for commuters.
Meanwhile, LRTA has started its multi-year rehabilitation project aimed to improve the efficiency of the system and provide a better travel experience to LRT-2 commuters.
The 14 year old train system will undergo modernization and upgrading to improve its reliability and capacity. The replacement of all defective elevators and escalators at the stations, the systematic replacement of the airconditioning unit of the 10 operational trains and the restoration of 4 down trains are the main focus of rehabilitation this year.
Berroya emphasized that the LRT-2 train’s air-conditioning system need to undergo systematic replacement since most of its parts are already obsolete and unrepairable. “ We will modernize the ACU to be more environment friendly, energy efficient and compliant with the Clean Air Act”, he added.
However, the project is complex and will require ample time as it goes through bidding, manufacturing, delivery, installation and commissioning. The systematic replacement will commence this November of this year and will be completed in 2018. Thereafter, a cooler and more comfortable journey will be experienced by the riding public.