The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) management will reschedule its weekend suspension of operations for rail replacement efforts from August to November this year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced.
According to the DOTr, this is in line with the recommendation of Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)-TESP, the maintenance provider for MRT-3’s comprehensive rehabilitation, due to travel restrictions being imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“From August 8-9, August 21-23, and September 12-13, the suspended weekend operations will be moved to October 10-11, October 31, November 1-2 and November 14-15,” the MRT-3 management said in an announcement over the week.
Sumitomo-HMI assured that this rescheduling will not affect the target completion of the rail replacement by the end of September 2020, as well as the increase of train speed to 40 kilometers per hour (kph) by October, 50kph by November and 60kph by December.
“Rail replacement works to be done during the weekend suspension include turnout works for both the southbound and northbound tracks at North Avenue and Taft Avenue stations. Turnouts are used to enable trains to switch from one track to another,” the DOTr added.
The weekend suspension of operations will also enable the service provider to perform rail destressing, rerailing, turnouts replacement, resurfacing, rail profile grinding, ballasting and tamping, and other major works for the railway’s trains, electrical systems, and other subsystems.