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Shorter Waiting Times at MRT as Trains Run Even Faster

It's expected to go even faster come December.
by Clara Rosales
Nov 3, 2020
Photo/s: courtesy of DOTr-MRT-3 Facebook page

The MRT is now runing at a faster speed of 50 kph, effectively shortening waiting and travel times for passengers, its operator said Tuesday.

Back in September, the train ran at just 30 kph, which increased to 40 kph in October. If November's 50-kph run goes smoothly, the train is expected to run even faster at 60 kph come December.

The MRT-3 last ran 50 kph in September 2014. 

This increase in speed promises shortened waiting times of just 4 to 5 minutes, compared to the 8 to 9.5 minutes in September.

Travel time from North Avenue station to Taft Avenue station has been cut to 1 hour and 5 minutes from 1 hour and 15.

MORE ON THE MRT-3: MRT-3 Tests Lighter Trains, Gears for Faster Trips

The rail line's gradual and safe increase in speed came after the construction of new rails and line-wide rehabilitation with the help of Japan's Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The rehabilition project is expected to finish by July 2021. With it should come more train sets, increased passenger capacity, faster speeds, and shorter waiting times.

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