Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa boarded an MRT-3 train today, January 8 to experience the effects of rehabilitation of MRT-3 line.
Koshikawa was joined by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade. Also present were First Secretary, Transport Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Japan Sadaharu Hori; Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Senior Representative Kiyo Kawabuchi; and officials of the MRT-3 Maintenance Contractor Sumitomo-MHI-TESP.
“Under the aegis of this massive rehabilitation project that was funded and technically-supported by Japan, the Ambassador and our Transport Chief went through the personal experience of commuting, and felt the actual improvements such as the faster train speed of 60 kph,” DOTr said.
“Last December 2020, the MRT-3 started running at a speed of 60 kph, cutting the average time between trains to only 3.5 to 4 minutes from the previous 8 to 9.5 minutes. Travel time from North Avenue to Taft Avenue station was shortened to 45 to 50 minutes, from 1 hour and 15 minutes,” DOTr added.
The train ride started at Ayala Station and ended in North Avenue station. Ambassador Koshikawa, Secretary Tugade and other officials then visited the MRT-3 depot.