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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is set to formally unveil the Hybrid Road Train, which the agency first announced in April last year.

Photo credit: STII-DOST
Photo credit: STII-DOST

The Road Train is a composed of up to five interconnected coaches traveling on rubber tires similar to normal vehicles. It is designed to run on major highways like EDSA to complement the city?s existing commuter traffic system.

Although the Road Train?s functions are similar to tramways in other countries, it is mainly powered by a hybrid diesel-electric system, hence, it is not dependent on electricity and will not require the usual suspended cables used in trams.

The Road Train will also have a wide, fully air-conditioned interior that can carry up 120 passengers per coach. A new Road Train system can accommodate up to more than 650,000 passenger trips per day of operation if fully implemented.

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