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AGT prototype on its trial run

(left to right) UP Vice President for Public Affairs Prospero De Vera III, UP President Alfredo Pascual, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, College of Engineering dean Aura Matias, and UP Vice President for Development Elvira Zamora aboard the AGT protoype during its maiden trip on December 14.

(December 19) – It is up and running!

Officials of the University of the Philippines, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and members of the media were treated to the rare privilege of being the first to experience a ride in the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) prototype on its trial run on December 14.

DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and UPD Chancellor Dr. Caesar A. Saloma led the guests and members of the media who experienced the trial run in the AGT prototype’s two coaches, which ran at a speed of 10 to 12 kph. The prototype has an elevation of 6.1 meters and runs on a 465-meter test track spanning Jacinto Street to CP Garcia Avenue (near the Commission on Higher Education building).

The AGT is a fully automated, driverless mass transit system aimed at serving rider loads higher than those of buses or trams, but smaller than those of conventional large-scale trains.

It is a collaborative project between UP and the DOST formalized through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on 6 December 2010.

Under the MOA, DOST shall undertake an evaluation and assessment of UPD campus transport system; conduct the necessary research and development processes and activities; design and construct a prototype AGT consisting of two 60-passenger capacity coaches. UP, on the other hand, shall provide technical assistance to DOST, particularly through the College of Engineering, College of Architecture, National Center for Transportation Studies and the National Institute of Geological Sciences.—ACG

Report on the AGT project