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LOOK: Here are the Upgrades that Make the MRT Safer, Faster

It's part of the MRT-3 rehabilitation program.
by Clara Rosales
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Photo/s: from Department of Transportation Facebook page

Upgrades to the MRT continue during the quarantine, making rides faster and safer for commuters, transport authorities said Tuesday.

The improvements include a balancing machine, a wheel press machine, rerailing equipment, vertical storage, carbon filter box, and pressure washer. Japan's Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is helping in the rehabilitation.


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The armature of the train's traction motor uses the balancing machine to ensure the balance of turns.

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The wheel press machine is used for the mounting and dismounting of train wheels. Both are needed in maintaining the train's condition. Electrical and electronic parts and equipment may be stowed away in the vertical storage carousel.

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Should the train's wheels be derailed, the rerailing equipment may be utilized to restore its position.

The old carbon filter box was replaced with a new one to dispel hazardous fumes such as dust and chemicals from the painting booth. Pressure washers will be used to clean the airconditioning units placed inside the trains.

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New CCTV cameras, platform monitors, and signal lights were also installed in the MRT-3's stations starting last week. New rails were installed last September.

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On Monday, the MRT-3 recorded its highest number of passengers ferried since partial train operations resumed last June. A total of 121,023 passengers were served using an average of 20 trains.

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