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DOTr issues public apology for series of MRT glitches in recent days

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 26th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has issued a public apology for the series of glitches in the MRT operations this week.

It can be recalled that several MRT trains broke down which resulted in the offloading of passengers.

Last Wednesday, only about eight trains were operational.

“Kami po ay humihingi ng pang-unawa at dispensa at nararamdaman po namin ang kalbaryo at paghihirap ng ating mga commuter na araw-araw na nagtitiis sa mahabang pila sa MRT-3,” said the official.

(We are asking for understanding and forgiveness. We feel the suffering of commuters who endure the long queues at MRT-3 every day.)

DOTR-MRT3 Media Relations officer, Aly Narvaez said that a number of MRT coaches are no longer in good condition and should not be used for the operation.

“So, bakit maraming mga bagon ang hindi na maayos ang kundisyon? Nag-uugat ito sa poor maintenance ng dating maintenance provider ng MRT3,” he added.

(So why are there so many coaches that are in bad condition? It stems from the poor maintenance of the previous maintenance provider of MRT3.)

Narvaez also warned that the MRT might still experience glitches in the future.The agency, however, vowed that the MRT will soon provide better service once the procured spare parts arrive. — UNTV News & Rescue

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DOTr to conduct test run for 3rd set of Dalian trains

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

A Dalian train | Photo courtesy of DOTr


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTR) is set to conduct a test run for the third set of Dalian trains.

These trains will undergo a 1,000-kilometer test run on off-peak hours and 150-hour validation test.

If there are no problems found, the set will regularly hit the MRT line just like with the first and second sets of Dalian trains which have passed the test runs.

It was 2014 when the country bought 48 trains worth P3.7 billion from Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company, however, these were not used due to its incompatibility with the MRT system.

The transportation department has reached out to Dalian to repair the trains for public use without government expenditure. — UNTV News & Rescue

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MRT-3 rehab to begin this month

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Metro Rail Transit Line-3

MANILA, Philippines — Rehabilitation for Metro Rail Transit Line-3 is set to begin this month.

Included in the rehabilitation works are the overhauling of 72 light rail vehicles and repairs of rail track, power supply, signalling system, public address system and the stations’ CCTV.

Broken elevators and escalators are also set for restoration.

MRT management has ensured that the daily operations of 15 MRT trains will not be affected by the rehabilitation.

Suspension of train operations will be set on holidays if needed.

The rehabilitation will last for three years. — UNTV News & Rescue

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2nd set of Dalian trains hit the MRT-3 tracks

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines — The management of MRT-3 has began the deployment of the second set of Dalian trains as part of its reliability, availability, maintainability and safety test.

The second set of Dalian trains composed of three coaches hit the tracks on Tuesday (December 11).

These are set to run during off-peak hours from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm starting December 11-15.

However, from December 16 to 23, the trains are set to operate from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Timothy Batan explained that a total of 150 hours test-run is needed to be completed to determine whether they are safe for commuters’ use under normal operation of the MRT. — UNTV News & Rescue

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