DOST’s HERT comes to GSC: MOU Signing and Grand Launching
While mankind is now racing against time and we are in a hurried pursuit of technology that will slow down our carbon footprints and harmful emissions to arrest the continued decay of our planet earth, there is no reason not to enjoy the benefits of modern technology.
The Department of Science and Teachnology (DOST) inked the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Grand Launching of Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT) together with the LGU of Gensan at Plaza Heneral Santos on December 16, 2017, this City.
Some dignitaries flocked at the said event. Hon. Ronnel C. Rivera in his message stressed out that he is thankful to the DOST officials for choosing Gensan as one of the recipients of the HERT. He said,” We are witnessing the technology of tomorrow. Instead of fossil fuel, we are glad that this bus is efficient, safe and environment friendly”.
The 40-meters bus-train which was designed by Filipino engineers caters commuters from Oval Plaza to some point in the City has the capacity to accommodate 240 passengers.
The HERT can run with a maximum speed of 50 Kph and is mainly powered by hybrid diesel fuel and electric powered battery.
Hon. Fortunato T. De La Pena , who is also present in the MOU Signing and Grand Launching said, “With the LGU Gensan’s adoption of the road train, I am expecting that other LGUs in the country will do the same” He also hopes that the said partnership of LGU and DOST would finally entice some private sectors to buy out the idea of having it mass produce.
The HERT will be deployed in two routes in the city starting January 2018, benefiting preselected fish port workers, teachers and students.
During the DOST’s turnover of the HERT, city councilor Dominador “Jun” Lagre… mentioned that the department opted to preselect passengers who would use the road train for free in its first six months of operation to ensure that there would be commuters who would patronize it given that it is a new mode of transportation in the city.
Further, the road train, which is equipped with an automated fare collection system, will make two trips in the morning and another two trips in the afternoon. It will start its operations as early as 4 a.m., serving commuters from Barangay Tinagacan to Freedom Park and onward to the General Santos City Fish Port.
During afternoon, service will start at 1 p.m. from the fish port to the Freedom Park and Barangay Tinagacan, covering a total distance of 14.5 kilometers. It will have a “dwell time” of two minutes in each of its 17 stations. (CPIO/RSC)