Cebu City hybrid e-train testing set on Feb. 15

CEBU City commuters will have the chance to ride the hybrid-electric train for free starting February 15.

City Mayor Tomas Osmeña said the free ride was offered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

“We didn’t ask for it so it is best to make as much use of it as we can,” Osmeña said.

He said the proposed route for the hybrid-electric train starts from Fuente Osmeña Rotunda going to Osmeña Boulevard, left turn to P. del Rosario Street, then proceed to Imus New Road, right turn to General Maxilom Extension, right turn to S. Osmeña Avenue, right turn to Commerce Street, right turn to Benedicto Street, left turn to General Maxilom Extension, left turn to Imus New Road, straight to P del. Rosario Street, proceed to N. Bacalso Avenue, right turn to V. Rama Avenue, right turn to B. Rodriguez Street and then back to the Fuente Osmeña Rotunda.

“An articulated bus is difficult to accommodate in our streets, but I think this route will work out well,” the mayor said.

The Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) has earlier suggested three other routes, but later ruled them all as unfavorable for the road train.

The DOST donated to the city government of Cebu the hybrid-electric train, which is actually five connected buses. It is powered by a 300-kva (Volt X Amps) generator and dry cell batteries.

The hybrid e-train, designed locally by engineers from the DOST’s Metal Industry Research and Development Center, can hold up to 240 passengers.

Researchers from DOST and technical personnel from CCTO will be monitoring the testing of the hybrid e-train and will evaluate if it is fit for the city of Cebu, a highly urbanized city.