MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 is set to deploy Tuesday one of the trains made by Chinese company Dalian.
MRT-3 Director Michael Capati said one train with 3 coaches will be deployed between 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. He added that the train can carry up to 1,050 passengers.
The Aquino administration had purchased 48 Dalian trains for P3.8 billion, most of which have not been used amid doubts over their compatibility with the MRT tracks.
Deployment of the Dalian trains was delayed after the MRT had to wait for the go signal from Japanese firm Sumitomo Corp, which is contracted to rehabilitate the MRT line and maintain its original 72 coaches.
Transportation Undersecretary Timothy Batan earlier said the government and Sumitomo will need to negotiate another contract if the 48 coaches made by China's Dalian Corp are integrated into the MRT.
Sen. Grace Poe, who leads the Senate's public services panel, said deploying the China-made trains to increase the MRT's capacity could help solve traffic congestion in Metro Manila.