image1The DOTC will assemble the prototype and check its components before dynamic testing, which starts in November this year. Monthly delivery of three train cars should start January of next year.

Returning from last week’s inspection of the manufacture of forty-eight (48) new light rail vehicles (LRVs) for the Metro Rail Transit III (MRT-3) system in Dalian, China, the Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) project implementation team reports on progress thus far.

The project implementation team indicates that the prototype appears to be of good and reliable quality. Better traction motors to incorporate alternating current (AC) technology was used instead of direct current (DC) system presently being used, which means less maintenance needs in the future.

“What is important to us is that the train cars, once delivered, will be safe and reliable. So we prefer to be thorough with the manufacture, assembly, checking, and testing of the prototype,” said Transportation and Communications Secretary Abaya.

The working timeline for the DOTC and the MRT-3 is as follows:


Mid-August 2015

Arrival of prototype

End-August 2015

Completion of assembly of prototype

September-October 2015

Checking or static testing of prototype, including dimensions, materials, and components such as lights, doors, handrails, seats, etc.

Mid-November 2015

Arrival of bogies

End-November to End-December 2015

Dynamic testing and necessary adjustments

January 2016

Acceptance/approval, start of monthly delivery