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MRT3 begins trial run of Dalian train

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:41 AM

The 3-coach train will run from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm beginning Tuesday, October 15, until November

NEXT DEPLOYMENT. The last Dalian train set to ply the MRT3 tracks was deployed in January 2019. Photo by DOTr-MRT3

LOOK: 3rd China-made Dalian train hits MRT3 tracks until February 1

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The train is deployed for a 150-hour validation test run

CHINA-MADE. The 3rd train set of China-made Dalian trains are being tested on MRT3 tracks. Photo by DOTr-MRT3

After years of delay, DOTr begins adding Dalian trains to MRT3

Oct 27, 2018 - 3:43 PM

A new train with 3 train cars has been added to the MRT3 system, which is known for its frequent breakdowns

MRT3. DOTr-MRT-3, led by Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan, TUV Rheinland, and representatives of the Joint ADB-Australia Aid Advisory Panel witness the completion of the weight-testing of Dalian trains in MRT Depot, Quezon City on April 19, 2018. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Dalian MRT3 trains test run in October

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:57 PM

The government wants to test whether the trains delivered by Chinese firm CRRC Dalian Company Limited are safe for public use

COSTS. All costs to fix the unused MRT3 trains will be shouldered by China-based CRRC Dalian Company Limited. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Chinese firm Dalian agrees to pay all costs to fix unused MRT3 trains

Aug 30, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade confirms Chinese firm CRRC Dalian Company Limited will absorb all costs related to repairing the 48 unused MRT3 trains

COSTS. All costs to fix the unused MRT3 trains will be shouldered by  China-based CRRC Dalian Company Limited. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

COA: China firm owes PH gov't P1.3B in damages over train contract

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The liquidated damages, however, exceed the 10% limit of the P3.76-billion contract under the law. The Commission on Audit says the DOTr should consider revoking its contract with Dalian.

AUDIT. Transportation officials and international partners witness the completion of the weight-testing of Dalian trains in MRT Depot, Quezon City on April 19, 2018 during the audit. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Dalian trains may be used later this year but...

Jul 05, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Germany's TUV Rheinland finds discrepancies between the actual delivered trains and what was stipulated on the terms of reference, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade says

PLATES. DOTr Sec Tugade, House Committee on Transportation Chairman Cesar Sarmiento, SAP Bong Go and Congressman Cesar Sarmiento at the roll-out of vehicle plates to members of automotive dealers and owners in a nationawide roll out on July 5, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

French police seize 10 Chinese-owned vineyards

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Haichang Group, based in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, is the biggest of numerous Chinese investors which have bought into one of France's most famous wine-growing regions in recent years

VINEYARDS. File photo shows the vineyards of the Medoc area, on June 3, 2018 near Pauillac, southwestern France. Photo by  Nicolas Tucat/AFP

Dalian confident Chinese trains for MRT will pass weight test

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Li Depu of China-based Dalian says they are subjecting their trains to a test by the German-based TUV Rheinland to refute allegations they are too heavy for the MRT's tracks

OVERWEIGHT? Dalian CRRC general manager for overseas business Li Depu says their trains for Manila's MRT will pass the weight test conducted by TUV Rheinland. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Tugade urges public: Don't rush use of Dalian trains on MRT3

Mar 01, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade urges the public to wait for the final assessment of the Dalian trains, due on March 10

WOES. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade answers questions from the media during the 2018 Transportation Summit on March 1, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Expert says Dalian trains 'not overweight' for MRT3 tracks

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:15 PM

The unused trains for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 are brought up as the Senate resumes its probe into the status of the glitch-plagued railway system

NOT OVERWEIGHT. Rolf Bieri, former MRT3 maintenance contractor, said that the Dalian trains are within the allowed limit of train tracks in a Senate Hearing on February 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Busan Universal Rail calls DOTr's move to end contract 'unfair'

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The Korean Filipino maintenance service provider says it should not be blamed for every MRT3 glitch but transportation official Cesar Chavez says most train issues are due to poor maintenance

'UNFAIR.' The Depertment of Transportation is set to terminate the contract with Busan Universal Rail Incorporated (BURI) for the rising number of train service interruptions. BURI calls this move 'unfair.' Rappler graphic by Nico Villarete

Graft complaint filed vs Abaya for unused trains

May 05, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The complaint is rooted in the 48 purchased trains that according to the DOTr are unusable for the next 3 years because of signaling system issues

File photo of former Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio "Jun" Abaya (Palace Photo)


MRT3's Busan expects 800k passengers daily by 2017

Dec 14, 2016 - 6:17 PM

The joint venture that maintains the MRT says restoration works have increased to 22 the number of trains in operation as of end November

NEW TRAIN SET. The DOTr received two new coaches from Dalian, China, on February 19, 2016, allowing it to complete assembly this weekend. Photo from DOTr

Longer MRT trains fully operational by mid-2017 – DOTr

Oct 12, 2016 - 3:10 PM

The Department of Transportation says it is awaiting the delivery of the power supply for the 4 car trains which would take an additional 12 months

Photo by Mick Basa

Ex-Premier League star dies after being tasered by police

Aug 15, 2016 - 10:55 PM

Dalian Atkinson who played for Aston Villa in the Premier League and Spanish club Real Sociedad has died at age 48

CA junks MRT3 owners' appeal to stop gov't from getting more trains

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The appellate court says the MRT3 owners claims are merely self serving and uncorroborated by independent witnesses

DROP IT. The country's transportation department is demanding the Robert John Sobrepeña-controlled MRT Holdings, Incorporated II to drop its bid to stop the addition of 48 new train cars to the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) system. File photo from DOTC

Taiwan bus inferno kills 26, mainly China tourists

Jul 19, 2016 - 8:06 PM

Taiwan s interior ministry says the tour group of 24 people – 3 children 15 women and 6 men – was from China s northeastern city of Dalian

epa05431491 A handout photo released by the Taoyuan City Fire Department shows a tourist coach burning near the Taoyuan Internatinal Airport outside Taipei, Taiwan, 19 July 2016. All 26 people on board - 24 Chinese tourists, a Taiwanese guide and a Taiwanese driver - were burnt to death when the coach caught fire while travelling to the Taoyuan airport to return to China following an 8-day tour in Taiwan. Press reports said that the front pat of the coach caught fire on the highway, the driver swered the coach to hit the railing, hoping to stop the coach so that the tourists could get out, but the impact damaged the coach exit, trapping everyone inside the burning coach. EPA/TAOYUAN FIRE DEPARTMENT / HO BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

China's Wanda Group nets long-term FIBA deal

Jun 16, 2016 - 4:58 PM

A Wanda subsidiary will sell and market FIBA s sponsorship and marketing rights over 4 Basketball World Cup cycles until 2033

DOTC sees launch of new MRT3 train by April

Feb 23, 2016 - 1:18 PM

The new train is part of the MRT3 expansion project set to be completed in January 2017

Photo from DOTC

New MRT train expected to start running by end-March

Jan 18, 2016 - 1:43 PM

Tests have started on the 2nd coach imported from China – part of the DOTC s project to increase the MRT s capacity to serve over 800 000 passengers daily

BETTER SERVICE? One of the Dalian MRT3 train cars that will be delivered as part of the DOTC's MRT3 capacity expansion project. Photo from DOTC

DOTC to expedite testing of MRT3 prototype train car

Sep 09, 2015 - 1:20 PM

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says the MRT3 team will meet with suppliers to explore ways to provide more trains to the public ahead of schedule

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

New MRT3 prototype train car to arrive in August

Jul 23, 2015 - 5:23 PM

DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says the delivery of new MRT3 prototype train car will result in lesser maintenance requirement for the ailing railway system

LESSER MAINTENANCE? This new MRT3 prototype train car will be delivered in the Philippines by August. Photos from DOTC

DOTC to get new MRT3 trains starting January 2016

Jun 23, 2015 - 1:52 PM

UPDATED MRT3 passengers will have to wait a little bit longer as the delivery of new train coaches is set to begin in January 2016 instead of late 2015

LONG WAIT. The government will only start receiving three new train coaches for MRT3 in January next year. File photo by AFP

Gov’t: Pending cases not dampening investors’ confidence in PPP

Jul 04, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Investors are assured that legal remedies are available and a level playing field is in place to bid for major infrastructure projects

PENDING. Among the latest PPP projects to be put on hold is the awarding of the Cavite-Laguna project. Photo from the PPP Center

DOTC: Gov't saved P3.35B in MRT bid

May 04, 2014 - 3:47 PM

Abaya says the decision to bid the project out instead of awarding the contract to Inekon through a negotiated bid resulted in government savings

Chinese firm says 'capable' to supply new MRT trains

Feb 17, 2014 - 7:37 PM

The company issues a statement after a shareholder of the MRT operator filed a case to stop the DOTC from pursuing the MRT capacity expansion project

MRT3 EXPANSION. Dalian Locomotive says it is capable – both in financial capacity and expertise – to supply the MRT3 upgrade. File Photo from AFP

DOTC: MRT riders suffer due to blocked capacity upgrade

Feb 09, 2014 - 4:49 PM

DOTC spokesperson says the MRT owners failure to improve services justifies a government take over

MRT EXPANSION SOON? A DOTC team has declared a Chinese firm 'fit' to proceed with the expansion of the MRT-3. File photo by AFP

Chinese firm 'fit' for MRT expansion project

Nov 04, 2013 - 12:13 AM

Dalian Locomotive Rolling Stock Co CNR Group is now undergoing a post qualification process and will likely be awarded notice to proceed with the project

MRT EXPANSION SOON? A DOTC team has declared a Chinese firm 'fit' to proceed with the expansion of the MRT-3. File photo by AFP

Govt hires consultant to review MRT-3 deal

Oct 21, 2013 - 5:54 PM

The Philippine government hires Barry Gardner an international rail consultant to review the controversial purchase of MRT 3 train cars

REVIEW. The government hires an international consultant to review the controversial purchase of train cars for the MRT-3 system. File photo by AFP