On Wednesday (September 1), San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced that the first batch of train cars for the upcoming Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line-7 will arrive next week.
SMC said in its official announcement that a total of six cars will be delivered by South Korean manufacturer Hyundai ROTEM.
“The trains, which consist of six cars, or two train sets procured from South Korea’s Hyundai ROTEM, have cleared inspections and factory acceptance testing.”
“More trains are set to arrive in the following months up to next year… until all 108 cars or 36 train sets the company acquired are delivered,” SMC added.
At present, the MRT-7 project is at 54.87% completion rate and is scheduled to operate in December 2022. However, the pandemic and other complexities are delaying the project.
“There are many causes of delay, from necessary pandemic restrictions to ROW (right-of-way) issues, but as with all SMC projects, we apply 110% effort to all the areas we can work on, so as to minimize delays,” SMC President Ramon S. Ang explained.
“As we said before, the MRT-7 project is in many ways more difficult and complex than even our recently competed Skyway Stage 3, which in itself is an engineering feat. This is because MRT-7 has added complexities such as electric power systems, computer and communications systems, signaling systems, and automatic fare systems, among others,” he added.
Once completed, the Php 63 billion MRT-7 will connect Quezon City to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. It will accommodate 850,000 passengers daily and will reduce travel time between the two cities from four hours to only 34 minutes.
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