MRT extends trial run of China-made Dalian train

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 31 2019 11:54 AM

Commuters get ready to board the first Dalian train compatible with existing train lines at the Kamuning MRT 3 station on Oct. 15, 2019. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – The trial run of a China-made train on the MRT-3 will be extended for another month to further assess its performance, the Department of Transportation said Thursday.

The Dalian train set will be tested on the MRT-3 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily until Nov. 30. The trial run was originally scheduled to end on Thursday, the DOTr said.

The Dalian train has been running properly with “positive” response from passengers, MRT-3 director for Operations Michael Capati said. 

The administration of former President Benigno Aquino III purchased 48 Dalian trains for P3.8 billion, most of which have not been used due to doubts over their compatibility with the MRT tracks.

The train set, with 3 cars, has a capacity of 1,050 passengers per trip, the DOTr said. 

Senator Grace Poe earlier said the deployment of Dalian trains was a “low-hanging fruit” in solving the worsening traffic condition in the capital.