DOTr plans to deploy new 50kph MRT trains in November

For context, the current trains only operate at 40kph
PHOTO: DOTr MRT-3 on Facebook

The MRT-3 on Thursday test-ran new light rail trains and faster speeds to improve services for passengers during the extended quarantine, the Department of Transportation said on October 29.

The simulation run tested the new general overhauled light rail vehicles, which consist of three carriages in one train set, to ensure it is safe for passengers. Once it passes the test, it will be added to the operational trains already deployed on the line.

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Aside from the new trains, the simulation also tested increasing the overall running speed of the MRT-3 to 50kph from the current 40kph. If all goes well, the trains can run faster at 50kph in November, with 60kph targeted for December.

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Earlier in October, the line’s trains increased speed to 40kph from 30kph after rail construction and rehabilitation was finished with the help of Japan’s Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Bumping speeds up to 50kph will cut waiting time from 8.5-9 minutes to just 5.5-6 minutes for all the 20 trains on the mainline.

The MRT-3 currently operates with 22 train sets, with each train set ferrying 372 passengers, or 124 individuals per train car.

NOTE: This article first appeared on Reportr. Minor edits have been made.

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