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DOTr says 50 MRT-3 train cars now newly-overhauled

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DOTr says 50 MRT-3 train cars now newly-overhauled
Commuters queue for the free ride at the MRT-3 North Avenue Station in Quezon City on Monday morning, March 28, 2022. The MRT-3 offers free rides to commuters for a month, from March 28 to April 30, following the completion of the rehabilitation project of the train system and as part of the government's effort to help ease the commuters' financial burden.
The STAR / Miguel de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines — The number of overhauled MRT-3 wagons or train cars now stands at 50 with two already deployed and more to come, the Department of Transportation disclosed Friday.

In a statement sent to reporters, the DOTr said that Sumitomo, the line maintenance provider of the Metro Rail Transit-Line 3 in charge of the line's recently-concluded rehabilitation had 22 of the 72 wagons of MRT-3 still scheduled to be overhauled.

The DOTr added that it also deployed two more wagons, one in end-March and another on April 6, after undergoing a series of speed testing and quality checks.

As it currently stands, the MRT-3 can operate up to 21 train sets, including 19 three-car CKD train sets and two four-car CKD train sets.

The passenger capacity of the trains is at 100% with the equivalent of 394 passengers per train car or 1,182 per train set. 

This comes amid the free rides program set to last until end-April with the exception of the scheduled maintenance shutdown from April 12 to 17. The rail line's management has also deployed four-car CKD train sets that can carry up to 1,576 passengers.

The DOTr reminded commuters that COVID-19 health and safety protocols are strictly enforced throughout the line, such as a ban on eating, drinking, talking on the phone, and speaking inside trains. The wearing of a face mask is also strictly enforced while the wearing of a face shield is voluntary.

— Franco Luna 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

METRO RAIL TRANSIT-LINE 3

MRT-3

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

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