Brand new Hondai Rotem trains have been installed on the tracks of MRT-7, which San Miguel hopes to start operations by end of 2022.
A NEW shipment of two train sets for the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) project have arrived and installed, according to Sam Miguel Corporation (SMC).
Following the arrival of the first batch from South Korea in September, the company has yet to receive and install 6 of the total 36 sets (108 cars) before the year ends.
The three-car train sets, including the earlier shipment, were mounted along the tracks between University Avenue and Tandang Sora last weekend.
The trains arrived in Manila on October 17.
“Work continues non-stop on the MRT-7 project, so we can meet our target start of operations by [the] end of 2022. I’m glad to report that we’re on track to meet all the key milestones we expect this year,” SMC president Ramon S. Ang said.
SMC says the project is currently 56.03 percent complete and is scheduled to start test runs by December 2022.
Transportation Secretary Art Tugade earlier reported that MRT-7 aims to start partial operations by April 2022 and reach full operations before 2022 ends.
Ang shares that the trains are spacious similar to the trains currently being used in South Korea.
“People who have not been able to visit South Korea or travel around using its trains will be in for a great experience, whether they are commuting to work or school,” Ang adds.
Once complete, the MRT-7 will reduce travel time from Quezon City to Bulacan to just 35 minutes. Pre-pandemic and even at present, the daily commute along this route already takes hours with limited transportation options.
The MRT-7 will have 14 stations, namely: Quezon North Avenue Joint Station; Quezon Memorial Circle; University Avenue; Tandang Sora; Don Antonio; Batasan; Manggahan; Dona Carmen; Regalado; Mindanao Avenue; Quirino; Sacred Heart; Tala; and San Jose del Monte.
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