The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has appointed Metro Rail Transit Operations Director Renato San Jose as the new officer-in-charge (OIC) for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).
DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya told reporters that Honorito Chaneco, who has been in charge of running the MRT-3, will go back full time to Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA).
“But we’ve requested him (Chaneco) to focus on upgrades. We saw that the solutions to our MRT problems, which will ensure smooth operations, include upgrading the procurement, overhauling of trains, signaling system, power systems, rails. And he will focus on that [MRT upgrades],” Abaya said
The MRT-3 is DOTC’s integrated strategy to alleviate the traffic congestion along the EDSA corridor.
Completed in July 2000, the MRT-3 carries about 600,000 passengers daily on its 17-kilometer route.
The MRT-3 management assures the public that it will continue its efforts to improve the train system.
DOTC earlier said that from 2015 to 2017, 48 brand-new coaches will arrive in tranches to address the overcapacity of MRT-3.
Under the procurement contract, the train supplier has 18 months, or until the third quarter of 2015, to deliver its prototype unit for testing before the rest of the light rail vehicles (LRVs) will arrive on a monthly basis.
DOTC also said that it is speeding up the expansion program for MRT with the acquisition of an additional 48 light rail vehicles after the Makati Regional Trial Court junked the injunction case filed by the MRT Holdings II Inc. on February 21 this year.
MRT3, which runs from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City, serves nearly 500,000 passengers per day, or way beyond its rated capacity of about 350,000. The rail system has a fleet of 73 Czech-made rail cars, of which up to 60 three-car trains operate daily.