The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) has announced there will be no additional trains that will operate for the ‘ber’ months despite the influx of passengers during holiday season.
According to the management, the three Dalian trains that already passed the test run will still not be allowed to operate.
MRT-3 Director Engr. Michael Capati said they are still finalizing talks regarding the trains.
“We are doing our best to make sure na ma-insert ang Dalian, the soonest possible time hopefully this month. I believe mayroon nang communications doon. (We are doing our best to insert the Dalian [trains], the soonest possible time hopefully this month. I believe there are already communications on the matter)” he said.
There are currently 13 to 15 trains operating everyday. There is a 7-minute interval and the trains run at 30 kilometers per hour.
The MRT management also aims for additional operating hours in the coming ‘ber’ months. Rail replacement will also be conducted from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. to not compromise train operations.
The one-week general maintenance might also be extended next year.
“Pagdating po diyan sa pag-rehab natin ng riles ipe-phasing po namin iyan kasi hindi natin kayang isara ang buong sistema ng kung ilang buwan. (When it comes to rehabilitating the rails, we will put them in phasing because we cannot close down the whole system for several months)” Capati said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
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