Three Dalian train sets will be joining the fleet of MRT-3 which will be operating starting June 1 as Metro Manila transitions to general community quarantine (GCQ) from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
“Ang gagamitin na tren sa Lunes ay hindi na 14 o 15. Ang gagamitin ay 19 na tren. Sa ganitong pamamaraan, madadagdagan ang biyahe at madadagdagan ang mga mananakay bagamat limited capacity,” Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
DOTr also noted that from a pre-ECQ operating speed of 30kph, trains will be running at up to 40kph starting June at certain sections of the MRT-3 mainline, between North Avenue and Santolan Stations, and between Buendia and Taft Stations.
“Sa dahilan na nagawa na po natin ang ilan sa mga rail replacement project, mai-experience n’yo na po ang takbo ng ating mga tren sa ilang bahagi ng linya na nasa 40kph, mula sa dating 25 to 30kph,” Secretary Tugade said.
MRT-3 Director for Operation Michael Capati said “having more trains, faster operating speed, and lower headway are intended to contribute in mitigating the reduction in capacity of MRT-3, which will only be able to accommodate 153 passengers per train set, or 13% of its pre-ECQ capacity of 1,182 passengers per train set, due to implementation of 1-meter social distancing inside trains.”