Dalian trains adjusted at no cost to gov’t, MRT 3 official says

Published October 17, 2019, 10:04 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Noreen Jazul 

An official of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT 3) said the government did not spend a single centavo to address Dalian trains’ compatibility issue with the MRT 3 system.

FINALLY ROLLING — The first Dalian train set of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) is seen at the MRT Depot in Quezon City. The train set, which consists of three coaches and has a capacity of 1,050 passengers, had its first trial run Tuesday, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. (Mark Balmores)
FINALLY ROLLING — The first Dalian train set of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) is seen at the MRT Depot in Quezon City. The train set, which consists of three coaches and has a capacity of 1,050 passengers, had its first trial run Tuesday, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Kung ano po… ang dapat gawin para i-correct at i-adjust ang Dalian sa sistema ng MRT 3, wala pong gastusin ang gobyeno kahit singko (Whatever adjustment made to make the Dalian trains compatible with the MRT 3 system was at no cost to the government),” Engr. Michael Capati, MRT 3 Director for Operations, told DZMM.

Capati underscored that Chinese firm CRRC Dalian was responsible in making the necessary adjustments to comply with MRT 3 requirements and not the other way around.

“Hindi po ang MRT ang mag a-adjust, Dalian po ang mag a-adjust sa MRT requirements (MRT won’t do the adjustment, Dalian will adjust it according to MRT requirements),” Capati said.

“Nag comply po siya [yung Dalian]. Maraming adjustment ang ginawa [sa trains], maraming spare parts na dinala, marami silang pinalitan to fully comply with the MRT system (Dalian complied. Several adjustments were made to fully comply with the MRT),” he added.

‘Overweight, signaling system’

Capati said the existing MRT 3 system can carry the Dalian trains, despite exceeding the required weight per coach.

The Dalian trains weigh 49,300 kilograms (kg), 3,000 more than the required 46,300 kg.

Capati said the weight of the Dalian train is still “within the full-load requirement.”

“Nag-conduct po kami ng another check, iyon pong weight issue natin na based on fully loaded requirement, comply naman po siya, even though mas mataas siya ng konti doon sa 46 natin, pasok pa rin po siya doon sa requirements (We conducted another check and based on the full-load requirement, it is still compliant though it is heavier than the required 46,000 kg),” he said.

Capati, meanwhile, said Bombardier, Inc. has already certified the signaling system for the 29 Dalian coaches.

 
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