The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) is targeting to have 20 running trains to provide better transport service to the Filipino public.
This was after it reached 15 operational trains on April 2. The MRT-3 said in a statement this was because of the management’s general maintenance activities conducted during the Lenten break.
“Our next target is to increase the availability to 20 trains when the new rehabilitation and maintenance service provider comes in. But we expect that the more we increase capacity, the more people will come,” Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan was quoted as saying.
The MRT management needs to achieve its targets of 20 trains of four-car configuration, which can carry 700,000 passengers per day, and 25 trains with four cars each set, which can accommodate 900,000 passengers.
It would all depend on the outcome of the audit being conducted by TUV Rheinland, the independent certifier contracted to audit and assess the entire MRT-3 system and the Dalian trains.
TUV Rheinland said that more tests are needed to determine the suitability to the tracks of the Dalian trains.
A weighing test on the 48 trains needs to be done to determine their compatibility with the railway tracks of the MRT system.