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Operations at MRT-3 resume on Dec. 1 after major repairs

THE METRO Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will resume operations on Dec. 1 after repair works at the Taft section were completed, according to the Transportation department.

Management installed long-welded rails at all train stations as part of its rehabilitation program, which would speed up train speed, the agency said in a statement on Monday.

The MRT-3 stopped operations starting Nov. 28 to give way to repair activities at the Taft Avenue section.

The repair activities were done by its maintenance service providers Sumitomo Corp., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. and TES Philippines, Inc.

The department aims to increase the MRT-3’s speed by 10 kilometers per hour to 60 km per hour by December.

The MRT-3 had increased train speeds to 50 kph in November from 40 kph, reducing waiting time between trains from as long as 9.5 minutes to as short as four minutes. MRT-3 operates 20 trains daily. — Arjay L. Balinbin

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