MANILA - The Metro Rail Transit III (MRT-3) shall be getting 48 brand new coaches from 2015 to 2017 to address overcapacity issues, the Department of Transportation and Communications announced on Thursday.
The prototype shall be delivered by mid-2015, as stated under its contract.
Currently, two additional light rail vehicles (LRVs) or coaches are on standby to lessen decongestion of lines in MRT-3 stations.
According to DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya, running coaches have been increased from 18 to 20, adding an additional capacity of 2,364 more passengers.
"We welcome MRT-3's report that it has increased the number of running coaches from 18 to 20, which translates to an increased capacity of 2,364 passengers per hour per peak direction (PPHPD)... Passenger convenience is of course always a concern," he said.
The transit line had a carrying capacity of 17,730 PPHPD before the addition of the two coaches.
It's new capacity stands at a total of 20,094 passengers.
As a result, reports show that queuing time has decreased, with selected stations being cleared by 8:00 a.m., compared to the previous 9:00 a.m.
The additional deployment, as well as the start of the skipping train scheme, began on the first week of June.
The MRT-3 management assures that public that is shall continue to improve the train system.