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MRT-3 stations get revamp

Maria Romero



Spacious ride Plastic sheets meant to space out passengers and ensure social distancing dominate the interiors of metro trains now serving workers following the reopening of the economy. TED ALJIBE/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) has expedited the rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) stations to ease passenger woes while trains currently run on a limited capacity.

In a statement, the DoTr said all 34 elevators and 44 out of 46 escalators are now operational in all MRT-3 stations. This was after Japanese contractor Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-TESP took over the rehabilitation of the train system.

Despite the suspension of its revenue operations due to coronavirus pandemic, Transportation Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan said the DoTR and MRT-3 remain firm on their promise to “bring back the original state of the rail line’s services.”

Meanwhile, MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati said the two remaining escalators will be fixed soonest once needed spare parts arrive in the country.

Capati said the production and delivery were put on hold as a result of global coronavirus lockdowns.

It can be recalled that MRT-3 has continued its rail replacement works despite strict quarantine restrictions. 40, 860 out of 65,892 or 62.01 percent linear meters of rails have been completed as of 2 June.

The MRT-3 targets to complete its rail replacement works by September this year, several months ahead of its February 2021 target date.