A prototype train for the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) has finally been approved by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and will be shipped to the country from China on July 29, the agency said on Thursday.
The DOTC said the light rail vehicle (LRV) is being inspected by a DOTC team and the prototype’s manufacturer, Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd in Dalian, China.
This final checking is to ensure that the prototype train is compliant with the technical components and specifications of the train coaches.
The train is expected to reach the Port of Manila between August 10 and 14, after which it will be assembled.
The unit’s components such as doors, seats, poles, and hand straps will undergo testing in mid-November.
The train is part of the 48 brand new train cars acquired by the DOTC.
DOTC spokesperson Miguel Arthur Sagcal on his Twitter account said that once all 48 train cars are delivered, the three-train car sets will be made four-train car sets — the maximum length allowed by platforms.
“This brings us another step closer to upgrading and modernizing the MRT-3, and improving our services to the public,” Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.