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Apr 25, 2017
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More bad news for MRT riders. Remember the 48 new coaches that the government purchased from China’s Dalian Corporation for P3.8 billion? Apparently, these can’t be used in the current train system.

Department of Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez told GMA News that the problem mainly lies on the MRT’s debilitated signaling system.

But it doesn’t end there since certain complications arising from contracts that the previous administration entered into also present legal hindrances to using the coaches.

“Even assuming naayos ang signaling system, hindi po magagamit ang 48 trains na ito nang buong-buo sa loob ng tatlong taon,” he said.

Chavez explained that they are currently stuck with an MRT contract that requires them to keep 60 of the 72 old trains running especially during the peak hours.

“In other words, kung ang capacity ng train ay 20 sets lang, saan mo isasalpak ang Dalian train?” he said.

However, Chavez said they were looking for a way to reconfigure the MRT so they could increase each train set from three coaches to four per set by November.

Chavez’s statement comes after persistent glitches and technical issues have recently been plaguing the MRT, forcing the riding public to alight from the train in between stations.

A lawmaker from Congress has also proposed to probe the matter as Metro Manila’s traffic woes pile up with the MRT providing one of the few albeit unreliable options to escape the daily gridlock.