The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) further boosted its train operating speed to 60 kilometers per hour (kph), cutting the travel time from North Avenue to Taft Avenue Station from an hour and 15 minutes to only 50 minutes.
“The increase in train speed will provide our passengers a safer, faster, and more reliable public transportation,” MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati said in a statement on Monday.
The last time the MRT-3 was able to run at 60 kph was in September 2013.
According to the MRT-3 management, the improved train speed is a result of the rail replacement works in the rail line which is part of the massive rehabilitation program being implemented by its maintenance provider Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from Japan.
The management added that it was able to complete its rail replacement works for the rail line in September this year, several months ahead of its scheduled completion in February 2021.
“This is a significant accomplishment for the Department of Transportation (DOTr), headed by Secretary Arthur Tugade, and for the MRT-3 that aims to bring better performance and a brighter future for the passengers,” Capati added.
With the increased train speed, MRT-3 trains can now travel from North Avenue station to Shaw Boulevard station (both bounds) with a speed of 60 kph, and from Shaw Boulevard station to Taft Avenue station (both bounds) with a speed of 55 kph.
The rail line has been gradually increasing its train operating speed since it started the massive rehabilitation project, from 30 kph to 40 kph in October, and to 50 kph in November.
“During the first week of December, we have been performing test runs to ascertain the alignment and safety of railway tracks. We are targeting to increase the train operating speed to 60 kph in the entire revenue line before this year ends when all system checks have been performed to ensure compliance to safety standards,” Capati added.