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Independent audit team to release result of study on Dalian trains next week

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 2 March 2018 02:23 PM


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

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3rd set of Dalian trains hits track

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:20 AM

The third set of MRT-3 trains that were purchased from Chinese firm CCRC Dalian

MANILA, Philippine – The Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT) management has rolled off on Wednesday (January 23) the third set of Dalian trains to undergo 150 hours validation testing in MRT-3’s main line.

The trains need to undergo such procedure before they are deployed for normal operations.

The new batch of coaches will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. until February 1, 2019. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 9 January 2019 02:51 PM

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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DOTr to LTFRB: Intensify crackdown vs. Angkas drivers

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 19 December 2018 03:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has tasked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to intensify its campaign against motorcycle-ride hailing app, Angkas drivers who continue to operate.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the transportation department has followed the injuction released by the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court in favor of Angkas in the past, so now, the secretary insisted that Angkas must follow the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court, which is based on the decision of the Mandaluyong RTC.

The secretary said that the department will enforce the law against colorum bikers. — UNTV News & Rescue

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