Malacañang on Thursday bared government projects meant to improve services of Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) after it experienced a number of alarming glitches, including a recent derailment that saw a train coach overshooting the Taft Avenue Station and injuring more than 30 passengers and commuters.
In a news conference, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has lined up upgrade and rehabilitation initiatives for MRT 3 while the government continues to work on its equity value buy-out of the rail system.
Besides P3.579-billion worth of 48 new trains, which will start arriving next year, Coloma added, the DOTC is bidding out the P870 million Ancillary System to integrate the brand-new coaches on the MRT system.
The system upgrade will cover power stations, train parking and Taft Avenue station track extension.
Coloma said overhaul of MRT 3 would start in the last quarter of this year.
The project, worth P1.155 billion, will involve the repair of 28 light rail vehicles.
Coloma said facilities in the stations will also be upgraded starting October to include replacement of elevators and escalators.
To avoid lengthy disruptions of operation because of communication problems, he added, the DOTC has scheduled replacement and upgrade of the entire radio communication system of MRT 3 under a P110-million project that would start early next year.
President Benigno Aquino 3 has directed Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and reliability of the mass transport service provided by MRT 3, Coloma said.