GOOD NEWS: The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) now has 19 train sets in operation at any given time, and has effectively increased is passenger service capacity.
MRT-3 said this comes after three Dalian train sets were provisionally accepted and have passed the required Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Sustainability Validation Test for passengers’ safety.
The three new Dalian train sets are in addition to the MRT-3’s 16 operational CKD train sets. CCRC Dalian Co. agreed to modify and adjust the Dalian trains to be operational without cost to the Philippine government.
MRT-3 said it has recorded no unloading incidents for the past three months — since the declaration of general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila on June 1, and its rail replacement works have continued during the pandemic, noting that 59,250 out of 65,892 (89.92 percent) linear meters of rails have been completed as of September 8, 2020.
“MRT-3 targets to complete its rail replacement works by December this year, several months ahead of its February 2021 target date,” the company assured. Other MRT-3 rehabilitation works have also been undertaken by Japanese contractor Sumitomo-MHI.