General Santos City to Start Trial Run of DOST's 40-Meter Train-Like Bus Dubbed HERT


The local government of General Santos City will start next week the trial run of the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) "40-meter train-like bus" dubbed Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT). The road train arrived late last week from Cebu, where it had completed a six-month test run.


According to GenSan City Councilor Dominador Lagare Jr., chairman of the city council's committee on transportation, the final preparations are underway for the deployment of the road train in major streets and highways of Gen San.

Personnel from the DOST’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), which developed the HERT, assessed last August the possible routes within the city for the road train’s test run.

The LGU and DOST agreed earlier that the HERT will serve routes along the national highway and the city circumferential road.

The train-like bus will start its route from Barangay Katangawan then pass through the public market in Barangay Lagao, portions of the city proper and Barangay Apopong, and proceed to the city fish port complex in Barangay Tambler.

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Engr. Alexander Argame, DOST-MIRC science research specialist, said they find the city a viable site for the road train’s test run due to its well-maintained and wide road networks.

The HERT, which was launched by DOST in 2015, is a “40-meter long train-like bus” that can run at a maximum speed of 50 kilometers per hour and is mainly powered by hybrid diesel fuel and electric-powered battery.

The train consists of five interlinked air-conditioned coaches that can hold up to 240 passengers per trip. Argame said the HERT, which is the first prototype developed by DOST-MIRDC, is “powered by a generator set and a series of batteries.”

According to DOST-MIRDC, the city government of General Santos would use the train for free at least five months under the supervision of their office. The project will be operated by the city's newly established cooperative of tricycle operators and drivers.

Source: PNA Mindanao


General Santos City to Start Trial Run of DOST's 40-Meter Train-Like Bus Dubbed HERT General Santos City to Start Trial Run of DOST's 40-Meter Train-Like Bus Dubbed HERT Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 11/03/2017 Rating: 5

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