DOTr: MRT to Run as Twice as Fast After Original Maintenance Provider Sumitomo's Rehab Project

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) will run as twice as fast after rehabilitation by train's original maintenance provider Sumitomo according to the announcement released to the media by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).



DOTr Undersecretary for Railways John Batan pledge to return the MRT-3 in 26 months to its former efficient and reliable status.

The DOTr official issued the statement a day after the government of the Philippines and Japan signed a deal with the Sumitomo extending the P18-billion loan extended for the rehabilitation of MRT-3 operations.



“After 26 months, we can feel the effects of the restoration of the MRT to its original condition,” said Batan in a radio interview, picturing an MRT system that is fast, reliable and safe.

He said the MRT-3 is presently running at 30 kilometers per hour (kph) and they are now targeting a top speed of 60kph after the rehabilitation.

“Our current headway or the gap between trains is seven to 10 minutes, but we will reduce it to at least 3.5 minutes,” Batan explained.

“We are also looking into increasing the train sets from 15 trains to 20,” he added.



The MRT-3 rehabilitation project covers the system’s electromechanical components, power supply, rail tracks, depot equipment and overhaul of its 72 18-year old Light Rail Vehicles. The project will run until 2022.

According to the records of the DOTr, at least 350,000 people ride the MRT-3 daily, a number expected to increase once the rehabilitation is completed.

DOTr Undersecretary Batan explained that the increase in train capacity would start after the first seven to nine months of rehabilitation.

Source: PNA

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