Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) can board up to 800,000 passengers daily by 2017. Read on to learn more about it.

4 Updates On Busan Manila's MRT-3 Maintenance Work


1. MRT-3 has 22 operational trains as of November.

Busan Universal Rail Inc. (Busan Manila) has restored 22 trains, exceeding the MRT-3 power system’s maximum running capacity of a total of 20 trains at any given time. With this, MRT-3 ridership capacity has increased to 500,000 passengers daily. This gave MRT-3 a 25 percent capacity increase since January.

Wit the improvement mentioned, MRT-3 reported that as of October, a P2.3 billion revenue has already matched the full year revenue in  2015. “That was more than 20 percent up. It is because we have more trains running this year,” Manila Standard reported MRT-3 officer-in-charge Deo Leo Manalo said.

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 2.  MRT-3 has 62 light rail vehicles (LRVs) in good running condition.

“It is a day-to-day, hour-to-hour, moment-to-moment maintenance. Maintenance is a 24-hour round-the-clock activity,”  Busan Manila managing director Eugene Rapanut said. “Now, we are running 20 trains during peak hours. We have two trains in reserve.  And we have two trains under general overhaul,” Rapanut further said.

Busan Manila has restored two to three LRVs monthly since it took over the MRT-3's maintenance. At present, MRT-3 operation is backed up with two reserved cars.

3. MRT-3 will have 24 operational trains with 72 LRVs by the first quarter of 2017.

“The goal of our client, which is DOTr, is very simple ― provide the most number of trains available, which is 20 at the peak period; and make the system safe, reliable, and maintainable. We are very clear on that,” Rapanut explained. The train company is paying Busan Manila a monthly maintenance cost of P54 million. This is more than half lower compared to its previous maintenance contractor, Sumitomo Corp. with P110 million monthly payment.

4.  MRT-3 will have 48 new LRVs to be put into the system in 2017.

The new LRVs are made by Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd. Thirty-eight LRVs are already delivered with 32 of them fully assembled. On the other hand, onboard signaling systems and new power supply are being installed to increase the present capacity of MRT-3 in running more than 20 trains. The new power supply installation is seen to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017. Once completed, 24 trains can run in MRT-3 operation.

Meanwhile, Manalo is positive that MRT-3 can truly board 800,000 passengers per day upon completion of the new power system and improvement of tracks. 

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