Rehabilitation of the MRT-3 to Begin This Year

The railway system's full rehabilitation is expected to be completed by 2021.

(SPOT.ph) Around 250,000 commuters use the MRT on a daily basis. But with all the breakdowns, accidents, and too-ridiculous-to-be-true incidents, it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing. On August 17, the Department of Transportation finally announced that the transit system is scheduled to undergo full rehabilitation. The National Economic and Development Authority has approved the use of official development assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The MRT's repairs will begin in the third quarter of 2018, with scheduled completion in the first quarter of 2021.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be funding the MRT's rehabilitation with a loan of JPY 38.1 billion (P22 billion), with a repayment period of 28 years. The MRT will be undergoing comprehensive repair works covering the trains, rail tracks, power supply system, CCTV system, station elevators and escalators, and more. According to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the planned rehabilitation will increase the number of available trains from 15 to 18 per hour and improve the train's speed to 60 kilometers per hour.

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The MRT's full rehabilitation is expected to take 43 months—31 months of which will be allotted for the repairs and maintenance work, and 12 months for the defect liability period.

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