San Miguel Corp.’s Metro Rail Transit 7 has installed the brand new trains it bought from South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem following their arrival.
Two of the six train sets expected this year arrived at the Manila Port last Saturday and Sunday. The remaining trains will arrive by end of the year.
SMC ordered a total of 36 trainsets or 108 cars from Hyundai ROTEM. One train set consists of three cars each.
“We are working round-the-clock to meet the first test run by next year. We know that our countrymen are eagerly awaiting the formal opening of the MRT-7 so that they can experience faster, more efficient, and comfortable travel. This is even more crucial during the pandemic when additional transportation options are required to bring people safely to work and back to their homes,” said Ramon S. Ang, president of SMC.
“South Korea has one of the world’s best railway transport systems and the arrival and eventual use of these trains for the MRT-7 will put our transportation system in NCR and overall infrastructure development, several notches higher,” he added.
As concession-holder, SMC is fully funding the construction of the 22-kilometer MRT 7 that links up with the MRT-3 and LRT-1 and extends from North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
The project is currently 55.3 percent complete as construction works continue despite the pandemic and right-of-way issues.
It will cut travel time from Quezon City to Bulacan to just 35 minutes.