Transportation department to resolve MRT’s long queues in 100 days

admin   •   July 9, 2016   •   5474

A long queue of commuters in MRT station.

A long queue of commuters in MRT station.

One of the changes that the commuter will feel in the next 100 days is the improvement at MRT 3.

The transportation department is eager to shorten the long queues at the stations.

Twenty trains during rush hour is the ideal number to avoid the long queue.

Now, the number of trains do not go below fifteen every day.

“The parts are coming in. The maintenance provider is doing a good job of maintaining the trains. That’s one of the target and objectives of the new management of DOT,” said MRT General Manager Roman Buenafe.

According to the new undersecretary for rail, Noel Kintanar, long queues at the station are an indication of a problem.

“The ultimate indicator for success and failure in MRT-3, LRT-1 and LRT-2 are the queues. Let us not complicate things. Commuters only wish to shorten the queue,” Kintanar said.

But two things have to be done to maintain the excellent service of MRT: the upgrade of the signaling system and power supply.

Kintanar said, even if new trains will arrive, they cannot be utilized if the signaling system and power supply will not be upgraded.

The power supply and the signaling system are expected to be upgraded in the first quarter of 2017 along with the arrival of the 40 new coaches from China.

If this happens, the speed of the trains will increase. And there will be a four-car train on the rails.

“There are 3 coaches in 1 train. Think of it as 4 coaches. This means that it will increase by 33%. Commuters will feel the change and that is what we’re after,” Kintanar added.

The transportation department is now fixing the location where the common station will be constructed.

The department assures that it will be constructed in a location that is beneficial to everyone.

The transportation deparment is appealing to the commuters to be more patient. Real change is not achieved in only one day. More time is needed plus the cooperation of everyone.

(UNTV NEWS)

DOT: 15% increase in tourist arrivals in 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has reported a 15% increase in tourist arrivals in 2019.

Based on the data of the DOT, tourist arrivals went up by 6.8 million from January to October 2019.

This is 15% higher compared to the 5.9 million tourist arrivals from January to October 2018.

Meanwhile, tourism revenue is also up by 25% compared in 2018. From January to August 2019, the DOT already recorded P27.3 billion revenue.

The bulk of the tourists visiting the country come from South Korea, China, and the United States.

Meanwhile, Boracay Island remains the top tourist destination in the country.

Foreign Tourists:

Korea = 1,609,172
China = 1,499,524
United States = 872,335
Japan = 569,625
Taiwan = 282,220

According to the DOT, progress in tourism creates job and business opportunities for the country.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

MRT-3 says train smoke emission due to short circuit in traction motor

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The smoke emission incident at a Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) train that prompted the unloading of some 530 passengers at northbound Santolan Station on Nov. 4 was due to a short circuit, its operator said Thursday.

In a statement, the MRT-3 management said a short circuit in one of the traction motors (broken bearing cover) caused the incident according to the investigation of its maintenance provider Sumitomo.

“It also showed on the affected parts that high current flowed in the circuit, causing significant damage to the electrical box and adjacent parts,” it said.

To prevent the recurrence of such incident, the MRT-3 management said it has placed countermeasures such as crack testing on bearing cover of traction assembly, checking of protecting device during emergency and regular maintenance, thorough cleaning of electrical boxes and insulation tests on high voltage cables.

“We appeal to the riding public’s understanding while the massive rehabilitation of MRT-3 system is ongoing,” it said.

NCRPO chief removes Regional Mobile Force from MRT, LRT stations

Maris Federez   •   November 5, 2019

NCRPO chief BGen. Debold Sinas

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief BGen. Debold Sinas confirmed on Tuesday (November 5) that his office is gradually removing the members of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion from guarding the MRT and LRT stations.

Providing security in MRT and LRT stations will now be under the jurisdiction of the local police districts.

The police district will be the one to assign police personnel in the stations covered by their office.

“Pinababa ko na yung around 400 doon sa istasyon, kasi ang idea ang may juridiction niyan lahat local. Pag may nahuli diyan local po magpa file ng case. Imaginin niyo yung mobile force namin na may long firearms at fatigue, ayaw niyo sigurong makita yun,” Sinas explained. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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