Sunday, June 23, 2024

DOST-developed transpo solutions eyed for passenger transfer at NAIA terminals

The government said it is considering the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system as a means to connect terminals 1 to 4 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). 

Photo shows (from left) DOTr secretary Jaime Bautista, DOST secretary Renato U. Solidum, and DOST-MIRDC executive director Robert O. Dizon

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) secretary Renato Solidum signed a memorandum of agreement with Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Jaime Bautista for a partnership for the two agencies, through the Electronics Product Development Center (EPDC).

Present to witness the MOA signing was Robert Dizon, executive director of the DOST’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), who presented to Bautista alternative mass transportation technologies developed by the MIRDC: the AGT System, Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT), and Hybrid Electric Train (HET)

Bautista said he is keen on adopting the home-grown mass transportation technologies, particularly the AGT which offers the best solution to make transfers to various terminals of the NAIA easy and convenient.

Photo shows (from left) the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT), the Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT), and Hybrid Electric Train

Aside from the AGT, the HERT is also seen as a possible alternative to buses for the EDSA carousel and for the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in the country.

To formalize the concepts, the DOTr and DOST agreed to work on the preparation of a project proposal for further consideration by the two agencies. 

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