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Sumitomo starts rehab of MRT3

The MRT3 Rehabilitation Project has officially started on Wednesday, with a target of increasing the number of running trains from 15 to 20, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

In a statement, the DOTr said the MRT3 Maintenance Transition Team (MTT) officially handed over the overall rehabilitation and maintenance works to Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)-TES Philippines (TESP) on Tuesday.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan led the ceremonial turnover of documents.

Rehabilitation and maintenance works are set to be done to MRT3's electromechanical components, power supply system, rail tracks, depot equipment, elevators and escalators at all MRT3 stations.

The 72 light rail vehicles (LRVs) will also undergo examination and repairs as part of the rehabilitation project.

The rehabilitation is projected to finish within the first 26 months of the 43-month rehabilitation and maintenance contract, the DOTr said.

Within this period, aside from adding the number of operating trains, the MRT3 will also aim to double the train operating speed to 60 kilometers per hour and cut the travel time between trains by half, from the current 7-10 minutes down to 3.5 minutes. —Joviland Rita/KBK, GMA News