Commuters on the MRT will see faster trains and shorter waiting times at stations after Metro Manila's main rail line said it would increase its speed starting Oct. 1.
Train speed will be increased to 40 kph from 30 kph, with the aim to increase it to 50 kph in November and 60 kph in December, the MRT said.
The MRT's maintenance proceeded despite the pandemic, led by Japan's Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. New long-welded rails were installed, which improved the running speed and cut waiting time to seven minutes from nine minutes for 20 trains.
The MRT trains last operated at maximum speed seven years ago and saw a gradual decline due to its tracks breaking down, the Department of Transportation said.