The Metro’s primary means of public transportation is about to get a much-needed facelift after the Department of Transportation and Communication started repairs on the rapid transport system’s facilities.
In a news release, DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya said the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) has 12 freshly refurbished escalators now open for public use.
Abaya said these facilities will provide “some relief” to the commuting public especially to senior citizens, persons with disabilities and pregnant women.
“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,” he said.
The DOTC also said they are working on procuring contracts for the rehabilitation of the MRT’s 34 other escalators and 32 elevators.
Aside from this, the second of the 48 new light rail vehicles for the MRT-3 system is currently undergoing safety tests to ensure its reliable performance.
Delivery for the whole batch is set to be completed in January 2017 which is expected to increase the burdened train system’s passenger capacity by 67 percent.
The Light Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) for its part will begin a 29-kilometer track rerailing project this April that will cover the northbound route from Baclaran to Monumento.
The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) which took over the 32-year-old train line’s operations late last year said the project will complete the overall renewal of LRT-1’s tracks system.
“Our target is to be done by 2017 with new, modern tracks that will allow for safer and smoother rides for our passengers,” LRMC Engineering Director Rudy Chansuyco said.
“The rerailing will cover the systematic replacements of tracks and other rail components to keep the LRT-1 line functioning at optimum quality and enable train speed to be increased from 40kph to 60kph, a quicker, safer service,” he added.
Chansuyco said that just like with the MRT-3, they also have projects lined up to rehabilitate the LRT-1 facilities particularly the escalators and elevators in all the stations.
He also said they are currently in the process of procuring additional light rail vehicles to decongest the LRT-1.
The LRMC is set to expand the LRT-1 from the Baclaran station to a new point in Bacoor, Cavite. A total of eight stations will be built along this route spanning 11.7 kilometers.