The construction of the 500-meter elevated track of UP Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) System is now in full swing. The track will connect Jacinto Street (along the College of Fine Arts) and the CP Garcia Avenue (near the CHED Building). The AGT is a joint project of the Department of Science and Technology and the University of the Philippines. The specific offices involved in the technical aspect of the project implementation are the DOST Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), UP Diliman National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS), College of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering, Geodetic Engineering) and the College of Science (National Institute of Geological Sciences).
The UP Office of the Vice-President for Development shepherded the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the DOST and UP in July 2011, that paved the way to the on-going construction of 500-meter elevated track. VPD Elvira Zamora has explained that the said track is primarily for scientific research and development purposes. DOST and UP scientists, engineers and researchers still need to understand more accurately how an AGT can work efficiently, reliably and economically under Philippine conditions.
Current hypotheses on the different aspects of the AGT system require experimental validation in order to gain new scientific knowledge and invaluable technical competence that are crucial in the development of a sustainable and environmentally-friendly mass transport system not only for UP but for our cities as well.
The AGT test run will feature a number of stages like the careful testing of the structural integrity of the elevated railway, power supply reliability, automatic safety system, car reliability and safety, etc. It is a step-by-step process that is expected to start in October 2012 or even earlier. By the 2012 Lantern Parade, we hope to see the car reliably running from one end to another. - Office of the Chancellor