The rehabilitation of the 24 LRVs will expand capacity which should result in faster travel time because of reduced train headway
and queueing time,' LRMC president and CEO Juan Alfonso said in a statement.
To deal with the rush-hour crowd, the RTA has also decreased the train headway
on the Red Line to two minutes 38 seconds during peak hours.
Off-peak train headway
will be every four to 10 minutes.
The starting time of the first westbound (WB) train is varied each time by a quarter a of train headway
Train headway on open railway lines operates in a spatial gap of the length of two fixed block sections, and the minimal headway is determined according to UIC recommendations.
By reducing the time of stay at stops, namely, because of the higher speed of passengers getting on and off the train, it is possible to reduce the train headways.
The upgrade includes the introduction of a new signalling system of 385 jointless track circuits to detect train position, maintain safe separation distances and deliver train headways
capable of meeting the extremely demanding timetable.