MANILA – The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) is now capable of running 22 trains along its mainline at the same time, an indication of improved service at the start of the new year.
In a message on Monday, MRT-3 Operations Director Michael Capati said the increase in operational trains began last Saturday.
Out of the 22 trains running simultaneously, 20 were CKD trains from the Czech Republic and two were Dalian from China.
The increase in running trains decreases the wait time between trains, would help the MRT-3 address the surge of commuters during rush hours, and increase its daily passenger capacity.
According to its daily operations report on Sunday, the MRT-3 has served a total of 79,520 passengers and recorded an average of 21 running trains at peak hours.
This, compared to a total of 72,465 passengers served with an average of 20 running trains on peak hours on December 31.
Earlier, the MRT-3 has also increased the average speed of its running trains to 60 kilometers per hour (km/h) since December 7 from the previous average speed of 50 km/h.
Since the increase in speed, the MRT-3 said the average wait time between trains is now 3.5 to 4 minutes. (PNA)