After months of incremental speed increases, the MRT-3 now runs at a faster speed of 60kph, further shortening travel and waiting times for passengers, its operator has announced.
Average wait time for trains is now at 3.5 to four minutes from the previous eight to 9.5 minutes. Travel from North Avenue station to Taft Avenue station is cut to 50 minutes from the previous one hour and 15 minutes. Trains from North Avenue station to Shaw Boulevard station (both directions) run at 60kph, while trains from Shaw Boulevard station to Taft Avenue station (directions) run at 55kph.
The train line has been gradually increasing its speed over the past few months with the goal of hitting 60kph by the end of 2020. Speeds started at 30kph in September, and were at 40kph and 50kph in October and November, respectively.
The last time the MRT-3 ran at 60kph was in September 2013. The improving speed is the result of rail replacement works in the line, as part of the MRT-3’s rehabilitation program. This project is being implemented by maintenance provider Sumitomo–Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from Japan.
“The increase in train speed will provide our passengers a safer, faster, and more reliable public transportation,” MRT-3 director for operations Michael J. Capati said.
“During the first week of December, we have been performing test runs to ascertain the alignment and safety of railway tracks. We are targeting to increase the train operating speed to 60kph in the entire revenue line before this year ends, when all system checks have been performed to ensure compliance to safety standards.”
NOTE: This article first appeared on Reportr.world. Minor edits have been made.