Train lengths range from about 150 to 600 feet (46 to 183 m) long.
As a general rule, trains on A Division lines inherited from the IRT (designated with numbers, plus the 42nd Street Shuttle) are shorter and narrower than those that operate on B Division lines inherited from BMT/IND (designated with letters).
However, all rolling stock, in either A or B Division, runs on the same 4 foot 8.5 inches (1,435 mm) gauge.
There is also a special fleet of BMT/IND cars, used for operation in the BMT Eastern Division, which is the J, L, M and Z trains.
Duterte special powers to solve the vehicular traffic crisis, also cited the results of the Jica study that showed the economic impact of the traffic problem and its effect on families and their quality of life.
“Children are waiting for their parents after work.
The A Division and B Division trains operate only in their own division; operating in the other division is not allowed because the IRT sections have narrower tunnel segments, tighter curves, and tighter platform clearances than the BMT/IND sections.
The proposals included a restudy of the gateway airport options for Metro Manila, the feasibility of a mega-Manila Subway System, reform of the road-based public-transport system, feasibility of secondary mass-transport system lines and a redevelopment of the congested North Harbor.
The system maintains two separate fleets of cars: one for the IRT routes, the other for the BMT/IND routes.
All BMT/IND equipment is about 10 feet (3.05 m) wide and either 60 feet 6 inches (18.44 m) or 75 feet 6 inches (23.01 m) long whereas IRT equipment is approximately 8 feet 9 inches (2.67 m) wide and 51 feet (15.54 m) long.
The Jica study said that, “for the city of Manila, it represents an opportunity to revitalize a city and regain its old glory.” Seven choke points along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) and the roads leading to the Manila North Harbor were on the list of traffic-prone areas that the MMDA identified the other day as immediately needing resolution and where emergency powers of the President would be needed most.
Crisanto Saruca, head of the MMDA Traffic Discipline Office, attributed the traffic problem to the lack of a modern mass-transport system, the increasing number of vehicles and road obstructions, among other factors.
In pushing for the special presidential powers, Tugade noted that major impediments in solving traffic congestion in most metropolitan areas included the restraining orders, injunctions, right-of-way issues, and regulations from local governments, not to mention undisciplined drivers and pedestrians alike.