FILE PHOTO: A Dalian train on a test run
MANILA, Philippines —A video recently went viral on social media. It shows Dalian trains properly running during a test run.
It drew positive comments, and some netizens even asked why the said trains are not being used.
In response, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said they could not just use the Dalian trains without proper assessment.
Batan explained that they still have to properly examine the trains’ signaling system, compatibility, and power supply to ensure that these are safe for public use.
“We are talking about half a million passengers every day. Hindi po basta-basta dapat nagdedesisyon (It should not be hastily decided upon),” said the transportation undersecretary.
The independent audit team, TUV Rheinland continues to conduct a series of tests on the Dalian trains.
It is expected to release the result of its examination on March 10.
The government will then use the results as basis on whether or not to use said trains.
It has been two years since these coaches were delivered to the Philippines from China.
However, passengers have yet to benefit from the said trains considering that Metro Rail Transit (MRT) operations frequently experience glitches.
Meanwhile, the DOTr said, operations of MRT did not experience disruptions from February 22 to 28.
“Siguro sinuswerte tayo. Nandiyan yung spareparts na kailangan. Na-adressan kaagad. Walang mga taong nagbubukas ng pinto. Sana magtuloy-tuloy,” DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade said.
(We are getting lucky. The spare parts are already here. We have already addressed the concerns. There are no more people forcibly opening the train doors.)
For now, only seven to nine MRT trains are running daily. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue
2nd set of Dalian trains hit the MRT-3 tracks
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
P2P bus routes reach 35
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
France funds study on proposed Metro Manila cable car system
IN PHOTO: The Department of Transportation (DOTr), with the help of the French Government, jumpstarts the feasibility study for an urban cable car project in Metro Manila, in a program held at the DOTr Clark Office in Pampanga today, 14 November 2018.
MANILA, Philippine – The Philippines and the French government has begun the conduct of a feasibility study on the proposed cable car system for Metro Manila.
Representatives from both governments kicked off the first technical meeting for the €450,000 (P27M) transport project on Wednesday (November 14) at the regional office of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in Clark, Pampanga.
Based on the initial discussions, the technical working group proposed the construction of the cable car system in Metro Manila.
Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, however, suggested that the cable car system be established in La Union-Baguio route or in Caticlan-Boracay route. – UNTV News and Rescue