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DOTr: Longer MRT3 Trains Operational by Mid-2017

commuters disembarks at the edsa pasay station after the incedent were the One of the MRT coaches that went off the tracks in Pasay City and led to the injury of 39 passengers(photo by ali vicoy)mbnewspictures/mbnewspix

Guess we’ll have to wait another year for better MRT3 services, according to the Department of Transportation.

DOTr Undersecretary Noel Kintanar revealed during a recent Senate hearing that the MRT3’s current power supply system cannot handle the load of additional train cars. Due to problems in the procurement of new power systems, the upgrades will have to be delayed until around the middle of next year.

“As we said in the first hearing, the real constraint of the MRT3 is the power supply. Because right now, we can run 20 3-car trains. If we were to put it in a 4-car train configuration, which would increase capacity by 33%, hindi po kaya ng ating mga substations,” Kintanar noted. The delivery of the new power supplies could take around a year more to be fulfilled, the undersecretary added.

“But we’re going to push as fast as we can and hopefully by mid-next year, we can already deploy longer trains to increase capacity. But conservatively, we’d say around second to third quarter of 2017,” Kintanar remarked.

MRTPROTOTYPE/SEPT82015 Chinese technicians assembles one part of the newly aquired Metro Rail Transit(MRT) Line 3 coach prototype at MRT Depot in Quezon City. This was part of the management's preparation before Senator Grace Poe's inspection of the said prototype. MBPHOTO/CAMILLE ANTE
The Dalian Locomotive MRT3 Trains. (Manila Bulletin Photo/Camille Ante)

Senator Grace Poe, Chairperson of the Committee on Public Services, grilled the undersecretary on the usability of the already-purchased Chinese Dalian trains.

“So you’re saying the trains of Dalian’s can’t be used unless we have power supply – not one or we can start using a few of them already?” Poe asked.

Undersecretary Kintanar replied: “We can start using the Dalian as soon as the onboard signaling is tested and each LRV (light rail vehicle) has to be tested for 1,500 kilometers. But when we have the power supply, we can increase capacity and our target is, again it says 12 months in bid documents, but you can rest assured that we will push the contractors to deliver as soon as possible.”

Source: Rappler

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2 Comments

  1. di lang power supply ang problema, meron pa yung signal upgrade since invicible yung bagong tren sa current signalling system nila

  2. bumili lang para masabing may nagawa ang past administration. planning/procurement stage pa lang dapat alam na nila na to hindi kung kelan nabili na saka sasabihin na may problema. ang lagay ata eh kulang pa sa lagay…

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