MRT-3 records 29 straight days of no unloading incidents

MRT-3 records 29 straight days of no unloading incidents



Any news that is good is still Good News.

Remember during the Aquino administration, at the height of the MRT frequent breakdowns which led the anomalous P3.8 million maintenance contract with Busan Universal Rail, Inc. The Aquino appointee than that made the life of a common Filipino commuter hell is no other than former Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.

Thankfully retired Ombudsman Conchita Morales indicted Abaya and 16 other personalities connected to this P3.8 million maintenance contract scam.
Metro Rail Transit 3 (photo credit to mrt3.com)

It was one of the worst performing government asset that had a direct impact on Filipinos on a daily basis, imagine an average 300,000-400,000 passengers daily are riding the Metro rail transit that is plying the EDSA route.

And the change of administration happened, nothing was expected to the current administration but a convenient and reliable mass transit for the common Filipino commuter

The Good News

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line-3 has recorded 29 consecutive days of no unloading incidents from July 4 to August 1, 2018.

This surpassed the 28 consecutive days without unloading incident, which was recorded from April 24 to May 21, 2018.

“This is the longest ongoing no-unloading streak for the transit since 2011,” the MRT Line-3 said in a statement Thursday.

Delivery of spare parts earlier this year was the reason for the improved operations of the trains.

“Regular maintenance and availability of spare parts using only original spare parts. Focus and teamwork,” MRT director for operations Michael Capati said.

The MRT management expects to continue procuring additional spare parts that is needed for the smooth operation of the trains for this entire year.

The MRT sees its operations to further improve once a new maintenance provider takes over.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade made a statement that it talking to the original maintenance contractor of MRT- Japanese company Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) to take over as MRT maintenance provider by mid-August to September  at the latest.

There is a need for a loan agreement that must be signed with the government of Japan to make Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) as maintenance provider of the MRT-3.

Currently, MRT operations is running an average 15 trains daily, serving around 350,000 passengers, with an average headway time of seven minutes.

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Report from PNA

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