THE second road test of the hybrid electronic train (e-train) that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) donated to the Cebu City Government did not push through yesterday.

Lawyer Rafael Christopher Yap, acting department head of the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) said that both the e-train and the route are still under evaluation after the first road test done last Jan. 31.

Yap said they will have to check first the other routes based on the results of the initial testing.

Under one of the proposed route, it will start from Fuente Osmeña Circle going to Osmeña Blvd., left turn to P. del Rosario St. then proceed to Imus New Road, right turn to General Maxilom Ext., right turn to S. Osmeña Ave.

It will turn right to Commerce St., along the North Reclamation Area, then right turn to Benedicto St., left turn to General Maxilom Ext., turn left to Imus New Road, straight to P del. Rosario St., proceed to N. Bacalso Ave., right turn to V. Rama Ave., right turn to B. Rodriguez St. and then back to the Fuente Osmeña Circle.

Asked if these roads can accommodate the train, Yap said all of the roads in the proposed route are wide enough for the vehicle.

The road e-train is composed of five coaches and uses battery consoles and diesel fuel to run.

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