MRT-3 train prototype OK’d: Shipment to take place July 29

The new prototype train car for the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) system has finally been approved by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the agency said on Thursday. DOTC said the prototype train car also called light rail vehicle (LRV) is currently being inspected by a DOTC team and the prototype’s manufacturer, Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd in Dalian, China.

This final checking is to ensure that the prototype train is compliant with the technical components and specifications of the train coaches.

Shipment is scheduled to push through on July 29 while the prototype is expected and to arrive at the Port of Manila from between August 10 to 14.

It will be assembled upon reaching the country while its unit’s components such as the doors, seats, poles, and hand straps will meanwhile undergo testing in mid-November.

DOTC team last month approved Dalian Locomotive’s choice of better traction motors which incorporate alternating current (AC) technology instead of direct current (DC) system currently being used.

The MRT-3 new prototype train car is only the first of the 48 brand new train cars that will be delivered starting in the first quarter of 2016.

DOTC spokesperson Miguel Arthur Sagcal on his official Twitter account said that that once all 48 train cars are delivered, the three-train car sets will be made four-train car sets – the maximum length allowed by platforms.