After more than two years of waiting, the massive rehabilitation of MRT-3 has finally been completed. 

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) confirmed the milestone during President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Talk to the People,” which aired on Monday night (February 28).

According to Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, the rehabilitation of MRT-3- undertaken by Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)- finished two months ahead of its expected completion.

With all things settled, “we can inaugurate anytime now,” said Tugade.

Under the rehabilitation project, MRT-3’s operational trains were increased. Functioning trains are now at 23 compared to only six before. The rail line’s operating speed has also been boosted – now at 60kph from 30 kph before. 

Photo from DOTr

Photo from DOTr

And instead of 9 minutes, the train interval has been reduced to only 3.5 minutes. Last but not the least, ridership capacity was expanded from 300,000 to 600,000 per day.

DOTr is now focusing on completing the Common Station now that MRT-3’s rehabilitation is out of the way. 

Expected to be finished by the end of the month, the new station will serve as a common point for four rail lines – LRT-1, MRT-3, MRT-7, and the Metro Manila Subway (MWS). It will provide a more seamless transfer of passengers from one rail line to another. 

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Image credit: DOTr MRT-3’s Official Facebook Page