MRT-3 to suspend ops from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 for maintenance works

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2020   •   294

MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Wednesday announced the temporary suspension of rail operations next week.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 said it will temporarily shut down its operations from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 to give way to maintenance and rehabilitation works.

“Ang temporary shutdown ay ipatutupad upang magbigay-daan sa gagawing bushing replacement sa depot at turnout activity sa Taft Avenue station ng Sumitomo-MHI-TESP,” it said.

“Parte ng gagawing bushing replacement ng 34.5-kilovolt alternating current (kV AC) switch gear ay ang pagsasayos ng bus tie na nagbibigay ng supply ng kuryente sa depot mula sa Meralco power source nito sa Balintawak at Diliman, at pagkukumpuni ng isang panel na mayroong 12 bushing unit,” it added.

The line management further said that the turnout replacement works in Taft Avenue Station will also continue.

To recall, the MRT-3 implemented partial operations on Oct. 10 to 11 to give way to turnout repair activities.

“Noong ika-10 hanggang ika-11 ng Oktubre ay isinaayos ang 1A at 1B turnout sections kung saan ay 91% na ang completion rate nito, at patuloy ang isinasagawang welding ng mga ito,” the MRT-3 said.

“Bahagi ng turnout activity na ito ay ang pagsasaayos ng 2A at 2B turnout sections sa Taft Avenue,” it added.

A turnout or railroad switch is a mechanical installation enabling railway trains to be guided from one track to another railway junction.

MRT-3 maintenance works were initially scheduled earlier this year but was postponed due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is part of the ongoing massive rehabilitation project being conducted by the railway’s maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The MRT-3 said the maintenance work has resulted in no unloading incidents since June, restoration of escalators and elevators in all stations, and the enhancement of train speed from 30 kilometers per hour (kph) to 40 kph.

The rail management hopes to further increase the train speed up to 60 kph when repair works for turnouts are completed in December.

MRT-3 to shutdown ops from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The management of Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Friday reminded the public that its operations will be suspended over the weekend to give way to scheduled rehabilitation and maintenance works.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 said it will shut down operations from November 28 to 30 as part of the ongoing massive rehabilitation project being conducted by its maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

“Magpapatupad ang pamunuan ng rail line ng temporary shutdown sa operasyon ng mga tren nito sa mga nasabing petsa upang magbigay-daan sa gagawing turnout activity sa Taft Avenue station ng Sumitomo-MHI-TESP,” the rail management said.

A turnout or railroad switch is a mechanical installation enabling railway trains to be guided from one track to another railway junction.

Last November 2, the MRT-3 increased its train running speed to 50 kilometers per hour (kph) from 40 kph.

The rail management hopes to further increase the train speed up to 60 kph when repair works for turnouts will be completed in December.

MRT-3 to resume weekend shutdown from Nov. 28 to Dec. 30

Marje Pelayo   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The management of MRT-3 will resume its weekend shutdown starting November 28 to December 30 to give way to massive maintenance and rehabilitation works in the train system.

A turnout activity will be conducted at Taft Avenue Station in the course of the shutdown.

A turnout along with a railway switch is a mechanical installation that enables railway trains to be guided from one track to another.

The MRT management aims to increase train speed from the current 50 kilometers per hour (kph) to 60 kph by December after all rehabilitation works have been made.

MRT-3 ops suspended on Nov. 14-15, Nov. 28-30

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The management of Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Monday announced it will suspend its operations in the next two weekends this November to give way to rehabilitation and maintenance works.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 said it will shut down operations on November 14 to 15 and on November 28 to 30.

“Magpapatupad ang pamunuan ng rail line ng temporary shutdown sa operasyon ng mga tren nito sa mga nasabing petsa upang magbigay-daan sa gagawing bushing replacement sa depot at turnout activity sa Taft Avenue station ng Sumitomo-MHI-TESP,” the rail management said.

The MRT-3 was supposed to suspend its weekend operations on October 31 to November 2 but it was deferred due to Typhoon Rolly.

The rail operator said the bushing replacement works in its 34.5-kilovolt alternating current (kV AC) switch gear involve the repair of the bus tie which supplies power to its depot from its source in Balintawak and Diliman, as well as the maintenance of a 12 bushing unit panel.

Last November 2, the MRT-3 increased its train running speed to 50 kilometers per hour (kph) from 40 kph.

“Target na maiakyat pa ito sa 60kph sa Disyembre, oras na matapos ang pagsasaayos ng turnouts,” the rail management said.

The MRT-3 maintenance works are part of the ongoing massive rehabilitation project being conducted by the railway’s maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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