DOTC acquires own rail grinding machine for MRT3
DOTC acquires own rail grinding machine for MRT3
The machine will be used to maintain, at a lesser cost, the worn rail tracks of the problem-ridden elevated railway transit system

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) announced Wednesday, October 7, that it has awarded another improvement project for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) system.

The joint venture of Kempal Construction & Supply Corporation and TPE Share Sales Incorporated bagged the P160-million ($3.56-million) contract to supply a brand new rail grinding machine.

A rail grinding machine is used to restore or correct the profile and remove irregularities from worn rail track to extend its life, and to improve the movement of trains on the track.

The machine, along with operations and maintenance manuals, repair tools, and 5-year supply of spares, will be delivered within 360 calendar days from issuance of the notice to proceed.

DOTC said this will put an end to the classification of systematic rail grinding as special repair works – which entails additional costs – and instead classify it as an ordinary preventive maintenance undertaking.

“With its own rail grinding machine, the MRT3 management can minimize costs, as similar equipment will no longer be leased from other firms,” DOTC said.

The installation of 7,000 linear meters’ worth of new rails are also set within the year, and as replacements to MRT3’s worn-out tracks.

Maintenance and improvement projects are going on for the problem-ridden MRT3.

On October 1, DOTC announced the awarding of the signaling system upgrade project to Bombardier Transportation Signal, Ltd. Under the contract, the existing local control system MAN 900 will be replaced with the more contemporary EBI Screen 900 within the next 7 months. (READ: DOTC begins MRT3 signaling system upgrade)

The new tap-and-go ticketing system has also been activated at all MRT3 stations starting this week. It is aimed to provide a seamless transfer across Light Rail Transit lines 1 and 2 and MRT 3. (READ: beep™ cards now fully operational on MRT3, LRT1, LRT2)

Other ongoing maintenance and improvement projects for MRT3 include the refurbishment of 12 Schindler-brand escalators, which is expected to be completed before the year ends. The rehabilitation of MRT3 toilets is also being implemented, DOTC said, with 6 facilities already open for public use.

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