DOTC to close Edsa Southbound’s innermost lane near MRT Taft Saturday night to give way for assembly of 2 new MRT 3 coaches

MANILA –The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Saturday two new Light Rail Vehicles (LRTVs) or coaches of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) will be unloaded and assembled at Taft Avenue Station over the weekend.

Because of this, the innermost lane of EDSA Southbound near MRT Taft Station will be closed to traffic on Saturday (May 14) at 10:00 p.m.

Last May 7, new MRT-3 coaches, particularly three-car train set (nine boxes), finally began operating and catered to passengers.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) earlier targeted to acquire a total of 48 new coaches as part of its MRT-3 capacity expansion project, which is meant to decongest the metropolis’ busiest railway system.

This project is meant to increase the railway’s capacity to over 800,000 daily passengers.

The MRT-3 is scheduled to be completed with the 48th unit in January 2017.

These coaches are being manufactured by Chinese firm Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd. Azer Parrocha/PNA/