Monday, 29 March 2010

LRT trains may be used on MRT tracks, says gov’t


TRAINS OF the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT 1) may be used for Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT 3), a study by the state-led Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) and MRT 3 has found.

The study showed that only minor improvements were needed for the trains of LRT 1 to be fully integrated into the revenue operations of MRT 3.

The study said an onboard signaling system, an onboard telecom system, signages and an emergency coupling bar must first be installed on the LRT 1 trains before being used in the MRT 3.

“The [study] has clearly demonstrated that the line one rolling stock can also be used for revenue operation on the MRT 3 line,” the LRTA noted.

No further details on the tests were released by the LRTA.

The tests were conducted by the LRTA, the operations department of the MRT 3, contractors of the line 1 North Extension project, and the MetroLink joint venture that is building a loop connecting MRT 3 to LRT 1.

The 5.4-kilometer MRT 3-LRT 1 link, which runs from MRT’s North Avenue station in Quezon City to LRT 1’s Monumento station in Caloocan City, is expected to serve about 1.2 million commuters daily.

LRT 1, which runs through Rizal Avenue in Caloocan and manila up to Taft Avenue in Pasay City, is serving about 500,000 passengers daily.

MRT 3, which runs from Taft Avenue to North Avenue, ferries about the same number of passengers daily.

The MRT 3-LRT 1 loop has four stations, namely, Monumento, Balintawak, Roosevelt and North Avenue.

The Balintawak and the Roosevelt stations were originally slated to open in February, but commercial operation was moved to May.

The project, which began in 2007, costs P6.3 billion and was constructed by Lopez-led First Balfour, Inc. and DM Consunji, Inc.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo tested the MRT 3-LRT 1 loop last month.

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