Fewer MRT trains will run once 3-year repair starts

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED July 19, 2018 10:57 am
MRT FIle photo

(Inside Manila) Patrons of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 will have to prepare for longer queues and waiting time as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced it will put the train system on a long rehabilitation program which will directly affect its daily operation.


Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said that as few as 12 trains will run daily once Sumitomo Corporation returns as the service provider for MRT-3. Sumitomo built the MRT system in 1998, and maintained it until 2012.


"Ang tren lang na tatakbo per target is 12 trains. Ibig sabihin hindi ho natin maa-achieve yung gusto natin na 500,000 per day ridership," Tugade said in a press conference on Tuesday, July 17.


That exact situation will likely be the norm for about 43 months or three years and 7 months, Tugade added.


Since April 2018, at least 15 trains have been running on the railway line on weekdays. Also, the MRT has not reported any operation glitch in the last 14 days.


On July 17 alone, MRT said it has served a total of 310,562 passengers over its 12-hour service. This, despite the suspension of classes and government work on Tuesday due to monsoon rain enhanced by tropical depression “Henry”.


After the long maintenance period, hopefully, the riding public can expect lesser wait times as shorter headway and faster running times are targeted.

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