New MRT-3 coaches finally begin operations
The online news portal of TV5
MANILA - After months of assembly and testing, the new light rail vehicles (LRVs) or coaches of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) finally began operations and serviced passengers Saturday morning.
The Official Gazette shared photos of the inside and outside of the new MRT-3’s new coaches.
Among the photos shared was that of a woman identified as the first passenger on the new MRT-3 coaches, Daisy Morales, who looked comfortable during her trip.
Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said in a text message that the coaches which began operations comprised a three-car train set (nine boxes).
DOTC earlier said that commuters could expect one new running MRT-3 train by the end of the first quarter of 2016.
The department will acquire a total of 48 new coaches as part of its MRT-3 capacity expansion project, which is meant to decongest the metropolis’ busiest railway system.
This project is meant to increase the railway's capacity to over 800,000 daily passengers.
The MRT-3 expansion project is scheduled to be completed with the 48th unit in January 2017.
These coaches are manufactured by Chinese firm Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd.