Recently, another horrible incident of the MRT that broke down and left passengers walking off the railway. Despite numerous inconveniences commuters face every day, MRT remains the chosen transportation for most of them as it’s faster than the PUVs.
Although, it’s too early to tell, finally, a Korean-Filipino group called Busan Transportation Corporation, Edison Development & Construction, Tramat Mercantile, Incorporated, TMICorp Incorporated, and Castan Corporation, bagged the 3-year maintenance contract, Rappler reported. The said group shall fulfill the general maintenance requirements of MRT3 for 3 years, beginning January 5, 2016.
According to the Department of Transportation and Communications or DOTC’s press release, it read: “the contract will allow the new service provider to procure the necessary spare parts needed to increase the number of operating trains, especially during peak hours.”
What does a P 3.81-billion contract cover:
- Covers general overhaul of the trains
- Replacement of the signalling systems
I am assuming rehabilitation of the public restrooms, escalators, etc., are included in the said maintenance contract.
Other improved facilities:
- New and stronger passenger hand straps (according to Rappler, all are already installed for safety)
- Refurbishment of 12 Schindler-brand escalators to be completed by next week
- Tap and Go ticketing systems
Hopefully, this winning concessionaire will bring a tremendous difference and resiliently improve our MRT ride.
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