MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The University of the Philippines Diliman campus is about to witness a major transportation upgrade really soon, an alternative to the aging "UP Ikot," iconic yellow jeepneys that ply a circular route around the UP Campus.
The railway enthusiasts' group Philippine Railways, through their Facebook page, posted a photo of what will soon be a fixture in the Quezon City campus: an electric-powered monorail system.
The monorail system or the Automated Guideway Transit System (AGTS) is a locally developed transportation system that could soon be the "future of mass transport systems made by Filipinos,” according to Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo.
The joint project between the DOST and the University of the Philippines Diliman saw the construction of a 465-meter test track that runs from CP Garcia Avenue (near the Commission on Higher Education building) to Jacinto Street along the College of Fine Arts.
The already constructed monorail tracks stand at an elevation of 6.1 meters. Two monorail cars designed with DOST and UP colors, blue and maroon arrived at the site Sunday, November 25.
(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated the photo came from the official page of the Philippine National Railways. It has now been corrected to reflect the actual source of the photo.)