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MRT-3 operations back to normal after ‘smoke’ incident

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019

MRT passengers forced to get off the train and walk along the trails after one of the coaches emitted smoke | Image grabbed from video shared by @sntl007

The management of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 said it has launched an investigation into the cause of the smoke in one of its coaches that offloaded hundreds of its passengers on Monday evening.

Passengers were forced to alight the train between Cubao and Santolan interstation after one of its coaches began emitting smoke.

The Department of Transportation-MRT-3 management said in a statement that normal operations resumed around 30 minutes after the incident.

“At around 6:02 p.m., a train unloaded passengers at Cubao and Santolan interstation due to reported emission of smoke from underneath thee train. Passengers were assisted by the train driver and security personnel,” the statement read.

The train regained traction at 6:35 p.m. and was moved to the pocket track in Shaw Station, the DOTr-MRT-3 added.

“DOTr MRT-3 is investigating the cause of the incident, and sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience caused to our passengers,” the agency said. – Robie de Guzman

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DOTr targets partial operation of MRT-7 in 2021

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Proposed MRT 7 train

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is targeting the partial operation of MRT-7 in 2021.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the project will definitely ease the burden of commuters as travel time from Quezon City to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan will reduce significantly from four hours to about 35 minutes once the project is completed.

On Wednesday (July 17), Batan and DOTr officials inspected MRT-7’s construction site in Quezon City to check the work in progress.

According to the project’s contractor San Miguel Corporation, the ongoing construction is already 44% complete which includes the train stations, platforms and the line where the railings will be placed.

The DOTr also announced that the procurement of 36 new train sets from South Korea has already been done.

MRT-7 is a 23-kilometer railway system that connects North Avenue in Quezon City to the province of Bulacan.

The train system traverses 14 stations namely North Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose Del Monte.

It can load up to 500,000 passengers daily.

To prevent similar glitches as those in MRT Line 3, the DOTr is in close coordination with the agency’s private partners in terms of the regular maintenance of the MRT-7.

Usec. Batan said the completion of the entire project is expected in 2022. – with details from Joan Nano

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DOTr expects to install new MRT-3 rails starting November

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Courtesy: DOTr MRT-3 Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – More than 4,000 pieces of brand new rails for the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) have been delivered to the Philippines, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, the DOTr said the rails, each measuring 18 meters long, have arrived on Tuesday at the Port of Manila from Japan. The delivery was made months ahead of the expected delivery date, the agency added.

TALAGANG GOOD ANG MORNING!DUMATING NA sa Pilipinas ang buong shipment ng mga BAGONG RILES para sa MRT-3! Dumaong ang…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Tuesday, 9 July 2019

From the Port of Manila, the Japan-made rails were transported to the Tracks Laydown Yard near the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

The DOTr said its installation onto the MRT-3 mainline is scheduled to begin in November if the rest of tracks are delivered in October as expected.

To avoid disruption in the line’s daily train service, the agency said, rail replacement works will only take place during non-operating hours.

The DOTr expects the new rails to reduce excess vibration of trains which cause damage to its electrical and mechanical component, and later leads to glitches or train breakdown.

The procurement of new rails is part of the ongoing comprehensive rehabilitation of the MRT-3 to bring back the railway’s high-grade design condition, according to the DOTr.

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Balloon lodged in wires briefly halts MRT-3 ops

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Operations of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) was temporarily disrupted on Wednesday afternoon after a balloon was found lodged between its wires at the Kamuning and Quezon Avenue stations.

The MRT-3 operator said on its advisory posted on Twitter, its operations were briefly halted around 3:46 p.m. after a train driver found what appears to be a deflated balloon lodged between the contact wire and messenger wire.

To ensure the safety of passengers and personnel, the MRT-3 said the train operations from both directions were halted until the object was removed from the wires.

Normal train operations resumed by 4:21 p.m.

“In view of this, we remind the public not to throw trash within the vicinity of our stations, so as not to compromise the safety and disrupt train operations,” the train operator said.

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