MANILA — Daily commuters of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT3) are expected to have a better riding experience by late March as a new train car will be installed to ease the congested condition of the train system.
The Department of Transportation and Communications assembled the new coach last January 17 and started the test run from the EDSA station in Pasay City all the way to the North Avenue station in Quezon City.
Five thousand-kilometer trial runs will be carried out until February to examine some of the coach’s components such as its traction motors and brake systems.
As part of the DOTC’s MRT expansion project, one more coach is set to arrive in February and four more coaches are anticipated to enter the Philippines by March. This will continue until all 48 coaches are completed by January next year.
According to DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, the acquisition of additional coaches is aimed at decongesting the MRT system which carries an approximate of 600,000 passengers daily, almost twice its maximum allowable capacity of 350,000 passengers.
In 2014, Chinese company Dalian Locomotive secured the P3.76 billion contract to supply new coaches for the MRT3 after controversies about the train system’s questionable condition surfaced.