MRT-3 will finally have new trains next weekend
Fine print: Made in China. But thanks, DOTC!
(SPOT.ph) The first set of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3’s (MRT-3) new trains are expected to be up and running by next weekend despite earlier delays in its launch, reports CNN Philippines.
The initial launch for the new trains were scheduled before the end of March, but some requirements such as the 5,000 mileage test run were not met.
Currently, MRT-3 operators are undergoing training from Chinese engineers so they could expertly operate the much needed trains upon launch.
The new trains will also boost the MRT-3’s daily fleet of 14 to 16 trains with management further aiming to increase this number to 20 by the end of April.
A total of 16 new trains will be added to the MRT-3 system by January 2017. The addition will double the system’s current passenger capacity to 800,000, giving breathing room to the MRT-3’s estimated 600,000 daily passengers.
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