It looks like commuters are going to be happy with this news!
A Netizen posted photos of the new MRT coaches and according to him, “it will be operational as soon as possible.”
According to Sedfrey Lacsamana, whom wife works at the Department Of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), mentioned that he was lucky to have experienced, “test drive” the new MRT coaches last week.
On a quick chat with Sedfrey on Facebook, he proudly shared that the newly-built coaches have met the required mileage. When I asked how come it hasn’t been introduced, he happily gave the information that:
“They are just still training the drivers because the coaches are manufactured by a different company. So, it has a different driving console.”
On his Facebook post, he captioned his photos with:
Test Driving the new MRT coaches! Mabango pala ang bagong tren 🙂
Earlier this year, the DOTC had already announced that the new maintenance team shall fulfill the MRT maintenance requirements for 3 years, beginning January 4, 2016. (Source: Rappler)
In addition, the Department of Transportation and Communications or DOTC’s press release, which was also shared by other publications, 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 the contract cover:
- Covers general overhaul of the trains
- Replacement of the signalling systems
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, these new MRT coaches will bring a tremendous difference and resiliently improve our MRT ride.
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