THE Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) has installed 27 brand new elevators in most stations for the convenience of train passengers, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Friday.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inspection of the new elevators and rode the MRT-3 from Magallanes Station to North Avenue Station, DOTr said in a statement.
Unlike the old hydraulic elevator models in MRT-3 stations, the new units are cable elevators with permanent magnet, which do not need oil to operate.
Installer Powerlift Corp. will maintain the units once a month to check the wiring and clean the interior of the elevators.
Apart from the 27 new units, five more are being installed at North Avenue Station (NB), Ortigas Station (SB), Buendia Station (Concourse), and Ayala Station (SB).
MRT-3 General Manager Deo Manalo said the new elevators would ease the commute of passengers during the holidays. Senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with disability will be given priority.
“The elevators would relieve passengers from carrying heavy bags especially this Christmas,” said Manalo.
The installation of new elevators is part of the efforts of the DOTr – MRT3 to improve overall station experience and provide convenience to commuters. This development is also seen to reduce queues in stations especially during peak hours.
DOTr said the completion of the installation of elevators is set on January 2017.
Repair and rehabilitation of escalators are ongoing and expected to be completed on February 2017, it added.
MRT-3 also extended the peak-hour operation in anticipation of Friday Christmas rush. This entails the deployment of the line's full complement of 20 trains from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the morning, and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the evening.
The last train will depart from North Avenue station at 10pm and from Taft station at 10:30pm. (SDR/Sunnex)