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MRT-3 lifts ban, sets new rule on liquid items

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2019

The management of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) has lifted its ban on bottled water and other liquid items.

MRT-3 said in a statement Wednesday that bottled water, lotions and other liquids such as perfume, alcohol and the like that have volume capacity of more than 100 milliliters (ML) may now be brought inside train stations and coaches.

However, passengers have to test these items by drinking the water, spraying perfume or using the lotion or rubbing alcohol in front of MRT security personnel.

Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) also temporarily lifted its liquid ban as they await the policy’s official Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) from the Office of the Transportation Security, according to LRT-2 Spokesperson Hernando Cabrera.

For its part, the Management of the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) said it would continue implementing its ban on bottled water and other drinks.

In January, transport authorities imposed a liquid ban in the MRT and LRT lines as part of heightened security measures following recent bombing incidents in the southern part of the country.

Only breast milk, liquids for the needs of children and people with disabilities and liquids used to augment the body for medical and cosmetic reasons were allowed on the trains during the ban. – Robie de Guzman

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MRT-3 rehabilitation project begins

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Tuesday that the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) rehabilitation project has officially started on May 1.

In a statement, the DOTr said the MRT-3 Maintenance Transition Team (MTT) officially handed over the overall rehabilitation and maintenance works to Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)-TES Philippines on April 30.

GOOD NEWS TO ALL COMMUTERS! Tomorrow, 01 May 2019, marks the start of the MRT-3 Rehabilitation Project as the MRT-3…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Tuesday, 30 April 2019

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan led the ceremonial turnover of documents.

Rehabilitation and maintenance works will be done on MRT-3’s electromechanical components, power supply system, rail tracks, depot equipment, elevators and escalators at all its stations. The 72 light rail vehicles (LRVs) will also be overhauled as part of the project.

The repair works are expected to be completed within the first 26 months of the 43-month rehabilitation and maintenance contract.

Within this period, DOTr targets to increase the number of running MRT-3 trains from 15 to 20, double the train operating speed to 60 kilometers per hour and reduce the travel time between trains to 3.5 minutes from the current 7 to 10 minutes. – Robie de Guzman

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LRT-1 lifts ban on bottled water, other liquids

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Passengers of the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) are now allowed to bring bottled water and other liquids onto train stations and coaches after the management lifted the ban on Tuesday.

The LRT-1 announced on its Twitter account that the ban on liquids will be removed beginning April 2.

“Sa lahat po ng aming mga  minamahal na pasahero, epektibo mula ngayong ikalawa ng Abril 2019, lifted na ang pagbabawal sa anumang inumin o likido sa loob ng #LRT1,” the announcement read.

LRT-1 along with other train systems in Metro Manila, implemented the ban on liquid items starting Jan. 31, 2019 as a safety measure following bombing incidents in Mindanao.

READ: Authorities ban bottled drinks on MRT, LRT trains

READ: MRT-3 lifts ban, sets new rule on liquid items

LRT-2 and MRT-3 lifted the policy in February, but the latter imposed a new rule, requiring passengers to test the liquid items by drinking the water, spraying perfume or using the lotion or alcohol in front of MRT Security Personnel. – Robie de Guzman

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First set of Dalian trains ready to hit MRT-3 tracks this week

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019

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

MANILA, Philippines – The first set of Dalian Trains is expected to be deployed to the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) any day this week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Thursday.

DOTr-MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati said in an interview that the additional train set will be included in the regular fleet to help address the problem on passenger congestion and number of daily operational train coaches.

Capati said the three Dalian train sets have already completed this month the necessary commissioning and validation tests including the 150-hour Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) validation run.

These tests are required to determine the trains’ operability and compatibility with the tracks.

READ: DOTr to deploy another MRT-3 train this March

DOTr MRT-3 meets with CRRC Dalian Co. to discuss maintenance strategies in line with the anticipated addition of the first Dalian train set to MRT-3’s regular fleet. Photo from DOTr official Facebook page

In line with the anticipated addition of the first Dalian train set to MRT’s regular train sets, the DOTr MRT-3 met with representatives from the CRRC Dalian Co., on Thursday.

This is to discuss the maintenance strategies for the Dalian trains once they permanently hit the tracks.

The said trains were purchased from China’s Dalian Locomotive in 2015 but its deployment was delayed due to issues with the signaling system and concerns over its weight. – Robie de Guzman

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