MRT will upgrade next year, 2016

MRT will upgrade next year, 2016


Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio “Jun” Abaya showed the government projects to improve the service of the Metro Rail Transit after it experienced a number of alarming glitches, including a derailment that saw a train overshooting the Taft Avenue Station and injuring more than 30 passengers and commuters.

Most of the projects presented will be completed next year while the rest are scheduled to be finished in 2016.

Aside from the P3.579 billion worth of 48 new trains, which will start arriving next year, Abaya said the DOTC was bidding out the P870 million Ancillary System to integrate the brand new coaches on the MRT system.

Abaya said that facilities in stations will also be upgraded starting October including the replacement of elevators and escalators.

Other DOTC project includes: the P1.088-billion automatic fare collection system; the upgrade signaling system and computer software worth P184 million; rail replacement worth P119 million; traction motors replacement worth P94.5 million; and North Avenue footbridge worth P13 million.