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.