Trains in the Philippines

First MRT7 trains to arrive in the Philippines from South Korea

Aika Rey
First MRT7 trains to arrive in the Philippines from South Korea

ARRIVING SOON. A train car procured by San Miguel Corporation from Hyundai Rotem in South Korea.

San Miguel Corporation

Deliveries of Metro Rail Transit Line 7 train cars procured from Hyundai Rotem will start in the second week of September 2021

The first batch of Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT7) train cars will arrive in the Philippines during the second week of September, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced on Wednesday, September 1.

Six train cars or two train sets procured from Hyundai Rotem will be arriving from South Korea. Each train set is 65.45 meters long.

SMC said the train sets have been cleared by state rail manufacturer Korea Railroad Corporation, an adviser for the Philippine conglomerate. The six train cars underwent factory acceptance testing in April.

This signals the start of train set deliveries, which are expected in batches until all 108 cars or 36 train sets are here.

So far, 54% of the MRT7 has been completed – the same rate SMC announced in February.

SMC president Ramon Ang reiterated that the project is facing pandemic curbs, in addition to pending right-of-way issues.

“As we said before, the MRT7 project is in many ways more difficult and complex than even our recently completed Skyway Stage 3 – which in itself is an engineering feat. This is because MRT7 has added complexities such as electric power systems, computer and communications systems, signaling systems, and automatic fare systems, among others,” Ang said.

The first test run is set for December 2022. This means that the project is seen to be operational by 2023.

SMC previously set the first test run in June 2022, and full operations by December that year.

The 23-kilometer railway system will run from North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan. It will have 14 train stations that will take 30 minutes to travel end-to-end.

The MRT7 will be connected to the MRT3, the Light Rail Transit Line 1, and the upcoming Metro Manila Subway through the Unified Grand Central Station. The central station is seen to be partially operational before 2021 ends. –

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at