San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has successfully installed the first two train sets for the upcoming MRT Line 7.
Both sets were inserted along the tracks of MRT-7’s Tandang Sora station Sunday—immediately after being cleared by customs.
“The two train sets, consisting of three cars each,… were dispatched to the MRT-7 tracks between University Avenue and Tandang Sora, after clearing customs at the Port of Manila,” SMC said in an official statement.
The trains, which arrived on September 6, were delivered by South Korean manufacturer Hyundai Rotem.
According to SMC President and CEO Ramon Ang, more train sets are scheduled to arrive in the country. He adds that the arrival and eventual use of the trains will significantly transform transportation in the Philippines.
“South Korea has one of the world’s best railway transport systems. The arrival and eventual use of these trains for the MRT-7 will put our transportation system in Metro Manila and overall infrastructure development several notches higher,” he explained.
The multinational conglomerate ordered a total of 36 train sets or 108 cars for the rail line, which will be delivered in increments.
The MRT-7 project is now 55.3% complete and is expected to be finished by December 2022.
Once operational, it will connect Quezon City and Bulacan, cutting travel time between the two cities to only 35 minutes instead of the usual three-hour trip. The Php 63 billion transport project—funded by SMC—will accommodate a total of 850,000 passengers daily.
Watch the installation of the trains below!
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