The MRT-3 yesterday (November 2, 2020) hiked its operating speed to 50 kilometers per hour (kph), which it last attained six years ago, cutting travel time by 10 minutes.
The speed boost reduces the intervals between trains from 8 to 9.5 minutes (20 trains at 30kph) to 4-5 minutes (20 trains at 50kph).
This cuts travel time from North Avenue station to Taft Avenue station from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Train speed Improve after Jaoan’s Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries installed new long-welded rails (LWRs) in all the MRT-3 stations as part of its massive rehabilitation program.
“With the increased operating speed, MRT-3 passengers can now expect faster travel time, shorter waiting time for train arrivals, and better and comfortable riding experience,” remarked MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael J. Capati.
The MRT-3 has been gradually increasing the operating speed from 30kph to 40kph in October, and 50kph in November.
By December, speed will further improve to 60kph.
Every month, the MRT-3 management conducts system checks to test the alignment of the new tracks, the Overhead Catenary System (OCS), and signaling and communications to ensure that trains are safe and secured while traveling along the mainline.
The last time the MRT-3 was able to run at 50kph was in September, 2014.