The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Monday said the escalators of Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) have been repaired and are up and running as the government strives to upgrade the rail line.
The dysfunctional escalators are just one of the many complaints of MRT3 passengers.
On Monday the DOTC announced that this problem can be ticked off the complaint list of the riding public.
“All refurbished Schindler-brand escalators of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 are now open for public use, providing some relief to commuters,” the DOTC said in a statement.
With the escalators are now working, commuters especially senior citizens and persons with disability and pregnant women could get some relief while commuting via the MRT3.
“Passengers can expect a more convenient commuting experience with the rehabilitated escalators now up and running. The restoration of these conveyance facilities is a small step towards long-term progress that will make a valuable difference in the lives of daily commuters,” DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya said.
The P22.11-million project was awarded to Jardine Schindler Elevator Corporation in June 2015, through the Department of Budget and Management’s Procurement Service (PS-DBM). The contractor holds proprietary rights to rehabilitate the 12 Schindler-brand escalators as the brand’s exclusive distributor.
The projects to rehabilitate the other batch of escalators, which includes 34 Mitsubishi-brand facilities and to replace 32 elevators are currently under procurement by the PS-DBM.
Meanwhile, the DOTC also said that the second of the 48 light rail vehicles for the MRT3 is currently undergoing static testing. Dynamic testing, such as checks on acceleration and braking to ensure the reliability of components, is slated later this week.
Two more LRVs will be delivered in February, completing the three-LRV train to be added to the revenue line after all the necessary assessments by the end of March.
The riding public will see a 67-percent increase in passenger capacity after the delivery of four LRVs per month from March until January 2017.