THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said Thursday that it will expand the trial period for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) trains supplied by CRRC Dalian Ltd., to Nov. 30.

The MRT-3 started deploying on Oct. 15 one of the China-manufactured train sets, which consist of three train coaches with a capacity of 1,050 passengers per trip, on its initial trials. This deployment was initially planned to last until Oct. 31.

In a statement Thursday, the DoTr said: “Tatakbo na hanggang ika-30 ng Nobyembre 2019 ang nasabing train set, mula 8:30 p.m. hanggang 10:30 p.m., araw-araw (The train set will be deployed until Nov. 30, from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. daily).”

Ang dahilan ng pagpapalawig ng initial trial period ay upang maobserbahan pang mabuti ang performance ng Dalian train set sa linya ng MRT-3 (The reason for extending the initial trial period is to further observe the performance of the Dalian train set on the tracks of MRT-3),” the DoTr added.

MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati said no issues were observed during the trial period from Oct. 15 to 31.

Wala naman pong issues na lumabas. Noong tinanong po namin ang aming mga mananakay at satisfied naman po sila sa pagsakay at pag-launch natin ng Dalian train (There were no issues observed. The passengers we asked said they were satisfied with the launch of the Dalian train),” he said.

The trains were procured in 2014 by the previous government but held back from service because of compatibility issues.

Last year, the government arrived at an agreement with CRRC Dalian to make the necessary adjustments on the train sets free of charge. — Arjay L. Balinbin