The Metro Rail Transit will start replacing deteriorated MRT-3 rails on November, an official said.
“July 2021 po matatapos lahat, the whole stretch po ‘yan, kasabay na po ‘yung pag-overhaul ng trains,” MRT-3 director for operations Michael Capati told ABS-CBN.
It will be done moderately on non-peak hours and the Holy Week break.
“Nagsa-start na ng laydown ngayon, nagwewelding na ng riles sinesetup na saan ibabagsak ‘yan sa buong riles,” Capati said.
Once operational, the trains will run at 60 kph from 30 kph, and it will save a 5 minute window with a maximum capacity of 600,000 passengers.
The replacement will also give way to the trial run of Chinese-made Dalian trains, which may compromise compatibility issues on the MRT tracks.
“Wala pang full acceptance kasi may kulang pang test tayo atsaka sa mga bagon dapat ang speed ay 60 kph. Unfortunately ang speed natin ngayon ay 30 kph. Mari-reach lang po natin ‘yung 60 kph pag na-replace na po natin ‘yung buong riles,” he said.
Meanwhile, a trial run resulted a positive feedback when one of the trains was deployed on Tuesday.
“The 2-day initial run received positive feedback. No issues surfaced, our commuters were satisfied with our launch of the Dalian train,” he said.