MRT-3 rail replacement set to start soon – DOTC


RAIL replacement work on Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will soon start with the delivery of 7,296 lineal meters of brand-new steel rails to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) last week.

The new steel rails will replace the line’s worn-out segments to ensure public safety, the DOTC said.

Earlier this year, the DOTC and MRT-3 management started implementing several rounds of critical rail replacement works to rehabilitate 348 meters of tracks between the Magallanes and Taft Avenue Stations and a further 126 meters between the Santolan and Ortigas Stations, it said.

The two agencies used stabling rails, or the tracks located within the MRT-3 depot designed for parking purposes facilities but not in actual or regular use, for the earlier rehab works.

The DOTC said more replacement works are likely to be conducted during non-operating hours in order to avoid any disruptions to the rail line’s services.

Meanwhile, six new maintenance providers will begin rendering services today for various components of the MRT-3, which should provide better reliability and convenience for riders within a matter of weeks.

The maintenance projects awarded to various contractors include (1) maintenance of rolling stocks, depot equipment, and signalling; (2) maintenance of rail tracks and permanent ways; (3) maintenance of buildings and facilities; (4) maintenance of power supply and OCS (overhead catenary systems); (5) upgrade and maintenance of communications systems; and (6) maintenance of ticketing systems.

Rehabilitation works that will aid in shortening queues at various MRT stations are ongoing, such as the acquisition of 48 new train cars, with the prototype slated to arrive in August and the new tap-and-go ticketing system, which will be available later this year.

The first batch of conveyance facilities, covering 12 escalators, is set to be refurbished within the next six months and is expected to provide relief to commuters.

Projects to rehabilitate the remaining 34 escalators and to replace 32 elevators are up for procurement.

“Other improvement projects are in various stages of procurement and implementation,” The DOTC said.


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  1. MRT Prototype is considered DANGEROUS

    “Current system of the MRT-3 is Czech-made. The new train cars or coaches are being purchased from a Chinese corporation, Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co. Ltd. CNR Group of China.” PhilStar

    But why risk public safety on a PROTOTYPE or Experimental Train? Government should get the BEST or PROVEN and EXPERIENCED or from PREVIOUS manufacturers.

    By definition a PROTOTYPE is a first or preliminary (a sample) from which other units are developed or copied after test results or findings (good & bad) was properly addressed or modification successfully done.

    But a PROTOTYPE can hinder or cause more problems, rather than improve our mass transportation system. The dangers are:

    (1) MRT prototypes may contain hidden assumptions which might surface too late.

    (2) obtaining performance feedbacks, records and test results of long term use is not possible and rarely done;

    (3) prototypes cause public attention to focus on displays (how it look- itsura) and other surface features (palamuti) of TRAINS or COACHES, not on the more important matters or difficult problems of how it function & actual performance.

    “There is a real risk that the trains from China might not be compatible with the existing system. We will know only when a prototype arrives next year
    There have been reports, such as in Taiwan and Chicago, of train parts imported from China having been found to be “internally defective and potentially dangerous … that could break and lead to a derailment.

    If the prototype turns out to be problematic and if the DOTC insists on the purchase, we may be left holding 48 unsafe rail cars or there may be another delay of a couple of years in the expansion or upgrading of the MRT system.” PhilStar

    Ang MRT train ay matagal ng na-imbento kaya Baket hinde bumili ng subok na matibay at matagal nang garantisando ng ibang Bansa?

    Pwede pa sana kung yung prototype ay gawa dito sa atin. Para mapag-aralan natin at tayo na lang ang gumawa at hinde umaasa sa ibang Bansa at makamura.

    Pero kung bibilhin lang din sa Dalian, China at pag-aaralan lang din ng mga Tsino ang pag-gawa ng PROTOTYPE dahil hinde sila Experts dito ay isang malaking kabobohan na naman ng DOTC.

    a PROTOTYPE is acceptable if:
    1. FREE of CHARGE,
    2. NO OBLIGATION to purchase the Prototype or test unit.
    3. NOBODY is COMMITTED to AWARD the Whole Project.

    Why RUSH or IMMEDIATELY award project? if we are not sure of high quality or durability? train performance are not yet fully tested? and public safety/interest are well protected?

    “The Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) has awarded a contract worth CNY540 million to China-based CNR Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company (CNR Dalian) to supply 12 four-car metro train sets for the existing 16.9-km long Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) in Manila. The first train set is scheduled to be delivered by end-2015. The trains will be air-conditioned, have stainless-steel body and operate at maximum speed of 65 km/hr.

    (1 CNY [Chinese Yuan] = 0.16 USD)”