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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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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

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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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15 modern jeepneys begin plying Pasay roads

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Fifteen modern jeepney units have begun plying the roads Pasay City.

Unlike the old iconic models, the new ones are similar to passenger buses.  The door is in front and is fully air-conditioned. It has front-facing seats that can accommodate up to 30 passengers. It has CCTV, GPS, and uses a euro-four engine.

In modern jeepneys, passengers use automated mode of payment or beep cards.

Minimum fare for modern jeepneys is P10 and an additional of P2 for every succeeding kilometer.

The jeepneys will ply Star City and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex going to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

It will also traverse the area of GSIS building and Senate going to SM Mall of Asia and the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

The Senate Employees Transport Cooperative will manage the operation of the new jeepney units as well as the salary of the drivers.

“Its drivers will no longer have to vie for passengers. For the first eight hours, they have a fixed income. They will have benefits like SSS, PhilHealth, and Pagibig as mandated by law,” said  SETSCO Chair Venturina Remedios.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) targets to launch up to 500 units of modern jeepneys before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte in July.

Meanwhile, the DOTr will also begin distributing fuel vouchers to jeepney drivers next month.

Transportation Undersecretary for Road Transport Thomas Orbos said that the government will provide a P5,000 subsidy to each driver through a debit card.

“For the first year, the government will give close to a billion pesos. Drivers should have legitimate franchise per unit. But in the next two years, they should have modern vehicles,” said Orbos.

The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) awaits the complete list of drivers who could receive a fuel voucher.

The move is in accordance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to aid Filipinos affected by the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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