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New MRT-3 coaches finally begin operations

Photo of new coaches servicing passengers on Saturday (May 7), shared on Official Gazette. PNA
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.