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Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« on: August 19, 2018, 10:12:03 AM »
Administrator's note: See also Saga of the Dalian MRT3 trains


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https://dotcmrt3.gov.ph/about

The Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) is the cornerstone of the Department of Transportation & Communication's integrated strategy to alleviate the chronic traffic congestion experience along the EDSA corridor. The Metro Rail system is designed to carry in excess of 23,000 passengers per hour per direction, initially, and is expandable to accommodate 48,000 passengers per hour, per direction.

The DOTC awarded a contract to Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC) to build, lease and transfer the Metro Rail Transit System, under the BOT laws of the Republic of the Philippines. The scheme required the DOTC to hold the franchise and run the system particularly the operation and the collection of fares. The MRTC built the system, maintain the same as to guarantee the availability of the trains at specified headway at specified hours, as well as to procure the required spare parts, the DOTC pays MRTC monthly fees for a certain number of years.

MRTC financed the construction of the EDSA MRT3, a 16.9-kilometer modern rail system to stretch along EDSA's 10.5-meter median from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue, Pasay City.

MRTC infused US$ 190 million (P4.49 billion) in equity into the project.

MRTC obtained financial closing, with the help of international financial consultant JP Morgan, for loans worth US$ 465 million P 12.32 billion) from the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, and Japan Export-Import Bank (JEXIM); the Postal Bank of the Czech Republic and Czech Export Credit Agency; and a group of local banks on October 17, 1997.

Stations

MRT3 stations are located in North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Kamuning, Cubao and Santolan-Annapolis, all in Quezon City; Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City; Shaw Blvd. and Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City; Guadalupe, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia), Ayala Avenue and Magallanes Avenue in Makati City; and Taft Avenue in Pasay City.

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Re: Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2018, 10:12:27 AM »
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Re: Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2018, 10:15:46 AM »
Japanese railway engineers audit MRT-3
By Philippine News Agency
February 1, 2018, 1:37 PM

http://www.interaksyon.com/japanese-railway-engineers-audit-mrt-3/

MANILA, Philippines — A team of more than 50 Japanese railway engineers and experts were to begin Thursday a system audit of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 to determine the rehabilitation and restoration works needed for the railway system.

The audit comes ahead of the mobilization of a rehabilitation and maintenance provider from Japan in May.

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The audit by the Japan International Cooperation Agency is separate from the ongoing Independent Audit and Assessment of TUV Rheinland on the reliability of the 48 train cars from CCRC Dalian as well as other components of the MRT system, which began in January.

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The DOTr is currently implementing a four-point strategy to rehabilitate and restore the MRT-3 system: promoting accountability with the termination of Busan Universal Rail Inc.; ensuring continued service delivery by establishing the Maintenance Transition Team and purchasing needed spare parts; contracting a rehabilitation and maintenance service provider together with an ODA partner; and putting in place a long-term maintenance and operator provider for MRT 3.



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Japan to provide aid for MRT-3 rehab and maintenance
Updated February 7, 2018, 5:23 PM

By the Philippine News Agency

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/01/10/japan-to-provide-aid-for-mrt-3-rehab-and-maintenance/

Japan has committed to provide financial assistance for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

This follows the exchange of note verbales between the Philippines and Japan which involves obtaining Official Development Assistance (ODA) financing under Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) Special Terms for Economic Partnership.

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JICA will conduct its feasibility study in January to February to assess what needs to be fixed in the MRT system.

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Japan assured that it will nominate a provider that is highly qualified and has a strong and reliable track record.

The DOTr terminated last November its contract with Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI) as the MRT-3’s maintenance provider citing its failure to perform its maintenance obligations and procure spare parts.

The Japan ODA for the MRT-3 Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project is part of the DOTr’s strategies to improve the operations of the railway system which involves promoting accountability with the termination of BURI; ensuring continued service delivery by establishing the Maintenance Transition Team (MTT) and purchasing needed spare parts; contracting a rehabilitation and maintenance service provider together with an ODA partner and putting in place a long term maintenance and operator provider for MRT 3.
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Re: Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2018, 10:20:31 AM »
DOTr: MRT-3 rehabilitation program with Japan to take more than 3 years
By CNN Philippines Staff

Updated 10:31 AM PHT Tue, May 15, 2018

http://cnnphilippines.com/transportation/2018/05/15/DOTr-MRT-3-rehabilitation-3-years.html

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 15) — The rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) is set to take 43 months or more than 3 years, according to the Department of Transportation.

In a statement Tuesday, the DOTr said it ratified last week with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) the details of the appraisal mission for the Japan-financed MRT-3 Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project.

The project is set to take 31 months for rehabilitation and maintenance work to restore the MRT-3 to its original design, condition and capacity, plus 12 months for the defect liability period or time given to the service provider to remedy defects.

The project cost is estimated at ¥34.480 billion JPY (₱16.985 billion). This amount will cover the MRT-3 trains, power supply system, overhead catenary system, radio and CCTV system, signaling system, rail tracks and road rail vehicles, elevators and escalators, as well as station building equipment.

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Japanese firm Sumitomo Corporation and technical partner Mitsubishi Industries would be returning as service provider this May. The two firms designed and built the MRT-3, and had maintained it from the start of operations in 2000 until 2012, when the contract with the companies expired.

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Re: Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2018, 10:25:48 AM »
It’s a go for Japan-funded MRT3 rehab, says NEDA
Published August 17, 2018 5:58pm
By TED CORDERO, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/664529/it-s-a-go-for-japan-funded-mrt3-rehab-says-neda/story/

The Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee has approved the rehabilitation of glitch-plagued Metro Rail Transit Line 3, to be funded by official development assistance (ODA) from Japan.

The P22.061-billion project was approved on Thursday, August 16, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said in a statement.

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Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. and its technical partner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, will start the rehabilitation and maintenance works on MRT3 in August, the DOTr said on July 17.

The Sumitomo-Mitsubishi team is expected to come on board soon after the Philippines and Japan have signed the ODA.

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In December 2017, the Philippines and Japan exchanged several notes verbale on a government-to-government agreement for a Japanese service provider to take over the maintenance and rehabilitation of MRT3.

The overall rehabilitation is expected to take 43 months—31 months for simultaneous rehabilitation and maintenance works and 12 months for the liability against defects on the part of the contractor. —VDS, GMA News

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Re: Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2018, 02:10:24 PM »
PH, Japan to sign MRT rehab loan deal before end of October
By Aerol John Pateña October 25, 2018, 12:34 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1052064

MANILA -- The Philippines and Japan are set to sign a loan agreement for the rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit Line-3 (MRT-3) before the end of this month.

This will pave the way for the entry of a Japanese maintenance provider that will take over the railway system’s maintenance and rehabilitation, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has offered to provide a loan amounting to 38 billion yen or PHP18 billion for the MRT rehabilitation.

“Before the end of October, a loan agreement will be signed by the Philippines and Japan for the complete rehabilitation of MRT-3. Once the loan agreement is signed, the Japanese maintenance provider will take over but this will not be immediately as it will undergo a transition period,” DOTr communications director Goddes Hope Libiran said in a text message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) late Wednesday.

The department has earlier said that it is eyeing Japanese company Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. as maintenance provider for the MRT.

In August, the National Economic and Development Authority Board’s Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee has approved the PHP22.061-billion MRT maintenance project.

The rehabilitation will increase the number of train sets in operation from 15 to 18 train sets per hour, increase the maximum speed to 60 kilometers per hour and decrease headway to 200 seconds.

The DOTr, through the Philippine National Railways, is likewise conducting testing runs of the 48 trains that were purchased from Chinese firm CCRC Dalian to determine if these are safe for public use.

The PNR will then recommend whether the train sets are suitable for revenue service or there is still a need for CCRC Dalian to make adjustments.

CCRC Dalian has earlier said it has agreed to shoulder the costs of the modifications on the trains.

The findings of an audit conducted by independent audit and assessment consultant, TUV Rheinland, earlier this year showed that the weights and measurements of the Dalian trains did not comply with DOTr's terms of reference. (PNA)

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Re: Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2018, 02:11:46 PM »
PHL, Japan to sign P18-B loan deal for MRT3 rehab on Nov. 7
Published October 31, 2018 1:10pm
By TED CORDERO, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/673083/phl-japan-to-sign-p18-b-loan-deal-for-mrt3-rehab-on-nov-7/story/?fbclid=IwAR26h4mzYjaQWSQeoYLgSWbizCWdT4Ad23cN8mdgifaEyhaX-2iMV-3JtsQ

The governments of the Philippines and Japan are signing a multibillion-peso loan agreement for the rehabilitation and maintenance of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Wednesday.

“Na-finalize na ‘yung signing date natin both for the exchange of notes at loan agreement. Napagkasunduan na ng dalawang gobyerno na sa November 7," Transportation Undersecretary for Rails Timothy John Batan said at a news forum in Pasay City.

The loan amounting P18 billion or roughly ¥38 billion will be provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The loan carries an interest rate of 0.1 percent per year, with a repayment period of 28 years after a grace period of 12 years, data from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs showed.

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Re: Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2018, 12:00:03 PM »
MRT using Dalian-made train for a week now as part of tests
Published November 7, 2018 4:27pm
 
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/673898/mrt-using-dalian-made-train-for-a-week-now-as-part-of-tests/story/?fbclid=IwAR2eY0ZnMhgvMGRam6KvtBpcnEkObyUF-0hXr8SNYO-4vKtpoL5LQyZMESk

The Metro Rail Transit has been using a Dalian-made train set for over a week now during off-peak hours as part of the tests on the coaches that have been the cause for concern for a few years now.

According to Saleema Refran's exclusive report in Balitanghali on Wednesday, a train set, composed of three light rail vehicles or coaches, has been running between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Chinese-made Dalian train sets need to complete 150 hours of successful operations before the MRT-3 management and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) could determine their safety and reliability.

Forty-eight Dalian train vehicles, which were delivered in 2015, will undergo the test runs.

Moreover, an engineer from CRRC Dalian Co. Ltd. accompanies the operators and passengers for safety.

Each Dalian train set has a 1,182 passenger-capacity.

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Re: Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2018, 04:17:43 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/dotrmrt3/photos/a.1877783779117100/2275580736004067/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

MRT-3 back to original state in 26 months

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) aims to restore the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) to its high-grade infrastructure condition in 26 months, following the loan agreement signing for the MRT-3 Rehabilitation Project.

According to DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan, the PhP18-billion loan agreement between the Philippine and Japanese governments will address the persisting problems of the MRT-3 and improve its systems to deliver a fast, reliable, and safe transportation to commuters.

Batan said the MRT-3 seeks to maintain its current average capacity of 350,000 commuters daily for the first seven to nine months of the rehabilitation. Capacity is expected to gradually increase beginning in the 3rd quarter of next year.

“After 26 months, diyan natin mararamdaman ‘yung buong pagbalik ng original condition ng MRT-3,” Usec. Batan added.

The DOTr official also pointed out that train operating speed and time between trains are expected to improve.

“Currently, we are running at 30 kilometers per hour (kph), which we will increase to 60 kph. Our current headway o ‘yung pagitan sa tren is at 7 to 10 minutes. Bababa ‘yan to 3.5 minutes. And currently, ang tumatakbo nating mga tren na nasisira pa paminsan minsan ay 15 train sets during peak hours, iaakyat natin to 20,” Usec. Batan detailed.

Yesterday, the Philippine and Japanese governments, through the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), formally signed the 38 billion Japanese Yen or PhP18 billion loan agreement for the MRT-3 Rehabilitation Project.

The project will run until 2022, which covers the rehabilitation and maintenance of the system’s electromechanical components, power supply, rail tracks, depot equipment, and overhaul of its 72 18-year old Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs).


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Re: Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2018, 11:39:03 AM »
From: https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1237603046378829

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Railways John Batan says that Filipinos may expect the improved efficiency and reliability of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) in 26 months.

Usec. Batan issued the statement a day after the governments of the Philippines and Japan signed a deal with the latter extending an PhP18-billion loan intended for the overall rehabilitation and maintenance the MRT-3 system.

“After 26 months, we can feel the effects of the restoration of the MRT to its original condition. We are also looking into increasing the train sets from 15 trains to 20,” said Usec. Batan in a radio interview, picturing an MRT system that is fast, reliable and safe.

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Re: Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2019, 03:30:51 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1393891647416634

IN THE NEWS: A more comfortable travel for every Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) commuter is right on track, as the new rails for the MRT-3 will be installed soon!

This is after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that over 50% of the new iron rails from Japan are expected to arrive within the third quarter of this year, several months earlier than its scheduled date of delivery.

The arrival of the new rails, which forms part of the ongoing MRT-3 rehabilitation, underwent inspection yesterday, 20 June 2019 by the DOTr-MRT-3 Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) Team for rails, headed by MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati, at the Nippon Steel in Fukuoka, Japan.

Once the massive rehabilitation project is completed, the number of the operating trains of MRT-3 is expected to rise from 15 to 20 at peak hours, double the train operating speed from 30 to 60 kilometers per hour, and slash by half the headway or waiting time from 7-10 minutes to just 3.5 minutes.


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Re: Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2019, 01:34:40 PM »
NEW RAILS FOR MRT-3 NOW IN PHL

https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/photos/a.132771066862038/1407898589349273/?type=3&theater

Brand new rails will soon be placed on the tracks of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), as 100% of the rail shipment have arrived at Harbour Centre Port Terminal in Manila last night, 09 July 2019, in line with the overhaul and comprehensive rehabilitation of the rail line.

Last night’s shipment, which arrived several months ahead of the scheduled date of delivery, comprised of 4,053 pieces of 18-meter rails that will replace all tracks along the MRT-3’s 17-kilometer main line. The delivery had a total weight of 4,000 tonnes.

The rails, manufactured by Nippon Steel Corporation, were shipped from Fukuoka, Japan, following the successful factory test conducted by the Factory Acceptance Team (FAT) for rails headed by MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati.

The ship bearing the rail shipment, M/V Eastern Opal, departed the Port of Yawata in Japan on 03 July 2019. Cargo unloading from the vessel commenced late last night.

The new rails will be delivered and prepared for installation at the Tracks Laydown Yard near the Parañaque Integrated Transport Exchange (PITX).

According to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan, the new rails are much needed to improve the reliability of the train service.

“Ang utos ni Secretary Tugade, palitan na ‘yung mga degraded at baku-bakong riles. This is long overdue. In fact, ‘yung kasalukuyang degraded state ng ating mga riles ang nagiging dahilan kaya nagiging matagtag ang takbo ng MRT-3. At ‘yang tagtag na ‘yan ay isa sa pinakamalaking root causes kung bakit tayo nagkakaroon ng aberya,” Usec. Batan said.

For his part, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade noted that the MRT-3 rehabilitation project is moving as planned, and on schedule.

“We are happy that the rails we procured arrived much earlier than scheduled. In fact, 2-3 months ahead of schedule. Ebidensya po ito na ang MRT-3 Rehabilitation Project na isinasagawa ngayon ng Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy mula sa bansang Hapon ay hindi drawing, at ito ay on track na matapos sa July 2021,” Secretary Tugade said.

Meanwhile, other rail parts will start arriving in Manila in October 2019. With this, rail replacement works will be conducted at non-operating hours at night starting November 2019, and for completion by February 2021.

With the repair of the MRT-3's wheel lathe machine last March, and the upcoming replacement of all of MRT-3's mainline tracks, trains will be running smoother and with less vibration.

Excess vibration is a bane to the proper functioning of any mechanical and electrical equipment, and is one of the major root causes of MRT-3 train breakdowns in the past.

Under the MRT-3 Rehabilitation Project, Sumitomo-MHI-TESP will undertake the overhaul of all 72 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) of the MRT-3, replace all mainline tracks, rehabilitate power and overhead catenary systems, upgrade the signalling system, communications and CCTV systems, and repair all of MRT-3's escalators and elevators, among other system repairs and improvements.

Through this massive rehabilitation project, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the MRT-3 expect to raise the number of operating trains from 15 to 20 at peak hours, double the train operating speed from 30 to 60 kilometers per hour, and slash by half the headway or time between trains from 7-10 minutes to just 3.5 minutes. Train capacity will also double to 650,000 passengers daily.

The project will span for 43 months, with rehabilitation works slated for completion within the first 26 months.

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Re: Metro Rail Transit (MRT) - Line 3
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2019, 12:47:26 PM »
1st batch of aircon units installed on MRT-3 trains soon
By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz August 27, 2019, 5:48 pm

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1078810

MANILA -- Around 33 new air-conditioning units (ACU) are set to be installed in Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) train cars as part of the Department of Transportation (DOTr)–MRT-3’s comprehensive rehabilitation project of the metro rail line traversing Edsa.

In an announcement sent to the media Tuesday, the DOTr said the ACUs were received since August 3 to August 20 and are the first batch to be installed from a total of 120 units ordered by the project’s contractor, Sumitomo-MHI-TESP (Sumitomo).

The new ACUs will bring more comfort to the thousands of MRT-3 passengers daily aside from other rehabilitation works which are set to be completed by July 2021.

“Ito ay upang mabigyan ng mas komportableng paglalakbay ang libu-libong mananakay ng aming rail line (This is for a more comfortable ride for the thousands of passengers in our rail line),” the DOTr statement read.

The new ACUs cost about PHP167 million and are a small part of the DOTr’s comprehensive rehabilitation project with a total project cost of PHP18 billion funded through an Official Development Assistance loan from Japan with a 40-year, 0.1 percent interest per annum and a 12-year grace period.

Under the rehabilitation project, Sumitomo is also set to replace all mainline tracks along the MRT-3’s 17-kilometer line using 4,053 pieces of 18-meter rails received last July from Nippon Steel Corp. in Japan.

All 72 light rail vehicles of the MRT-3 will also be overhauled, power and overhead catenary systems rehabilitated, signaling, communications and CCTV systems upgraded, and all escalators and elevators in MRT-3 stations repaired through the rehabilitation project. (PNA)

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NEW AIRCON UNITS FOR MRT-3. A set of 33 new air-conditioning units are being installed by MRT-3's rehabilitation contractor, Sumitomo-MHI-TESP. A total of 120 units were ordered for the rail line which cost about PHP167 million. (Photo courtesy of DOTr)
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