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Chinese firm confident Dalian trains will pass weight test

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

Weight testing of the new trains purchased by DOTR from China’s Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Co

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has begun the weight testing on 48 light rail vehicles (LRV) the agency purchased from China’s Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Co.

The tests are being conducted by an independent audit team TUV Rhineland to check if the LRVs are overweight.

During the testing, an LRV was loaded with sandbags to determine if the train is safe to run on tracks.

Each sandbag weighed 17.5 kilograms equivalent to the weight of 394 persons, the ideal capacity of each train.

DOTr is still waiting for the result of the system audit and recommendation from TUV Rhineland as to whether or not to use the LRVs.

“We’d like to wait for our auditors report on that before we give definite answer. Different factors kasi yung pumapasok dun sa tanong kung acceptable ba siya or hindi,” explained Undersecretary for Railways John Batan.

Meanwhile, Dalian Locomotive’s general manager for overseas business Li Depu is confident that their trains will pass the weighing test.

The total required weight for each train should be 46.4 tons. DOTr previously said each Dalian train weighed 49.7 tons.

The audit result and recommendation is expected to reach DOTr next month. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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P2P bus routes reach 35

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines — The number of routes traversed by premium Point-to-Point (P2P) buses has reached 35 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said there were initially only two routes in 2016, but has expanded its trips to cover Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Zambales, and Pampanga.

New five other routes are set to open soon. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Train services delayed as two MRT-3 maintenance vehicles collide

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

(File photo)  Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3)


MAKATI CITY, Philippines – Two MRT-3 maintenance vehicles collided early dawn on Wednesday, September 26.

The incident happened between Buendia and Guadalupe stations around 3:00 a.m. this morning.

Six maintenance personnel were injured who were immediately taken to the nearby hospital.

The involved vehicles were removed from site an hour later.

The incident delayed train services in MRT-3 for 30 minutes as operations were resumed only at around 6:00 a.m., causing inconvenience to passengers during a rush hour.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the MRT management apologized for the mishap.

An investigation is underway as to what had caused the collision of the two maintenance vehicles. – UNTV News and Rescue


Dalian trains set for test run in October

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Weight testing of the new trains purchased by DOTR from China’s Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Company

After lying idle in storage for more than two years at the MRT-3 depot in Quezon City, the trains acquired from China’s Dalian Locomotive (DLRSC) and Rolling Stocks Company are scheduled to undergo a test run next month.

Department of Transportation (DOTr), Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said that two to three train sets are set to operate under provisional service revenue in October to ensure that the trains are compatible and are safe to use by passengers of MRT-3.

Philippine National Railways general manager, Jun Magno said the DLRSC has assured that possible hazards in the units have already been rectified.

DOTr and the Planning Department of the PNR will let the Dalian trains run for 150 hours to ensure that potential hazards have been rectified by DLRSC.

“Kung may hazards pa rin di na namin tatapusin 150; isauli na namin sa Dalian, ‘Rectify niyo ulit ito’,” said Magno.

If the test drive is successful, Usec. Batan said they may possibly begin to operate the trains during the actual operating hours of MRT-3.

“Magpapatakbo muna tayo outside revenue hours para hindi natin maapektuhan yung operations natin habang may pasahero and later on kapag umusad tayo dun sa susunod na phase ng inspection ay gagawin na natin siya during revenue hours magagamit na siya ng mga pasahero,” said Batan

Meanwhile, an agreement on the takeover of Sumitomo as the rehabilitation and maintenance provider of MRT-3, is expected to be signed at the end of this month.

Last August, the economic managers have given the go signal for the rehabilitation of MRT-3 with a budget of P18.8 billion loaned from  the Japanese government.

Once the rehabilitation is completed, it is expected to double the number of operational trains until the year 2022. — Joan Nano

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