The joint venture of Kempal Construction & Supply Corp. and TPE Share Sales Inc. has won the P160-million contract for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) to minimize operational disruption.
Kampal and TPE Share Sales will supply a brand-new rail grinding machine which will remove track irregularities and extend track life.
The machine, along with operations and maintenance manuals, repair tools, and a five-year supply of spares, will be delivered within a year.
The Department of Transportation and Communication is confident that this will put an end to the classification of systematic rail grinding as special repair works – which entails additional costs – and instead characterize it as an ordinary preventive maintenance undertaking.
“With its own rail grinding machine, the MRT-3 management can minimize costs, as similar equipment will no longer be leased from other firms.”
Last week, the DOTC awarded the signaling system upgrade project to Bombardier Transportation Signal, Ltd.
Under the contract, the existing local control system MAN 900 will be replaced with the more contemporary EBI Screen 900 within the next seven months.
The new tap-and-go ticketing system has also been activated at all MRT-3 stations, allowing the seamless transfer across the three rail lines and shortening queuing time.