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October 01, 2022

MRT trains now more than twice as fast their normal operating speed

MRT-3 riders used to traversing the 16.9-kilometer line at no more than 25 kilometers per hour (KPH) may now enjoy the journey at more than twice that speed to 60 KPH instead.

Even more, the line that stretches from Taft Avenue in Pasay City to North Avenue in Quezon City are now serviced by 22 fully-functioning light rail vehicles (LRVs) after both the LRVs and its rails were rehabilitated in full by Japanese contractors.

This was announced on Wednesday by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Koshikawa kazuhiko, who said: “Now that we have accomplished its comprehensive rehabilitation, we can rely on the MRT-3 to run twice as fast without any untoward incident. This achievement of a fully rehabilitated railway will bring more convenience to many Filipino commuters.”

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded the line’s rehabilitation which started in 2018 with contractors Sumitomo Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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