Chinese firm confident Dalian trains will pass weight test
admin • April 20, 2018 • 3340
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
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) maintains that minimum fare in MRT Line 3 will remain despite the ongoing rehabilitation works on the train system.
According to Transport Undersecretary Timothy John Batan, unless commuters experience full convenience and observe significant improvements in the MRT Line 3 system, there is no reason for any fare increase.
Meanwhile, the Department is expected to achieve its target train speed of 60 km. and the completion of its rehabilitation efforts including the replacement of new rail tracks and the addition of new train coaches by the year 2021.
Once completed, the MRT Line 3’s full operation is expected to accommodate up to 600,000 passengers every day. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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