Bombardier : DOTr vows better, reliable service for MRT-3 passengers
An official of the
This, following the department's termination of the contract with
'We are aiming to procure a reliable, financially and technically capable MRT maintenance provider within the next three to six months,' DOTr Undersecretary for Railways
Chavez said Canadian firm
'This will enable us to procure directly from them.
The series of breakdowns and technical glitches in the MRT-3 is almost an everyday occurrence lately, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded.
The department cited poor performance, failure to ensure availability of required number of trains, failure to implement a feasible procurement plan for spare parts and noncompliance with the requirements of a complete and up-to-date Computerized Management System as reasons for terminating the maintenance contract with BURI.
Chavez said the decision was made for the safety of the riding public. He said 14-17 train sets run on any given day in the MRT short of the target of 20 train sets promised by BURI by the end of last year.
'For instance, there are only 14 trains that are fully operational in the system this morning. Six train sets are in need of major repairs and four that serve as backup in case of glitches in the system,' Chavez said.
'The average number of trains that are being deployed by Busan Rail are 16-17. They will usually add two or three more trains but these always break down. Our objective is to deploy reliable trains,' he added.
He said BURI failed to overhaul 43 light rail vehicles (LRVs) and to replace the signaling system which enables to maintain safe distances between the trains, control their speeds and automatically brakes them to avoid collision.
Earlier, the DOTr said the maintenance provider was not able to procure the spare parts from
While the procurement of a new maintenance provider is being processed, a transition team consisting of the DOTr-MRT 3,
Technical personnel from BURI will also be absorbed by the MRT-3 to avoid service disruptions. For its part, BURI wanted the DOTr to undergo arbitration proceedings to settle the issue on the MRT maintenance contract.
The firm asked the
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