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Trains for the MRT-7 project are expected to arrive next week, according to SMC

Even as construction on the much-anticipated mass rail project proceeds, San Miguel Corporation has stated that the first batch of trains for its Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-7 project is scheduled to arrive in the nation next week from South Korea.

The trains, which are made up of six cars or two trainsets and were purchased from Hyundai ROTEM in South Korea, have passed inspections and factory acceptance tests, with SMC’s advisor being Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL).

Each trainset is 65.45 meters long, which is more than twice the length of a 50-meter Olympic-size swimming pool.

โ€œThe prompt arrival of these brand new, high-quality trains from South Korea, which is regarded as one of the world’s finest train and rail system constructors, is such a pleasant development, and I think it is significant. This demonstrates that the task of nation-building continues; that the effort of upgrading our infrastructure, increasing our economic development prospects, and investing in our country’s better future doesn’t end โ€” particularly for us in San Miguel,โ€ SMC president Ramon S. Ang said in a statement Wednesday.

More trains are expected to arrive in the coming months, perhaps as early as next year, until the company’s 108 cars or 36 trainsets are delivered, according to Ang.

Despite ongoing pandemic limitations and potential right-of-way (ROW) problems, the project is currently over 54 percent complete, with bored piles, girders, and other foundational works done on a major part of the project.

โ€œAt this time, work on the guideway and stations is still in progress. Work on the electronic and mechanical fronts is also continuing. As we have said, the MRT-7 project is more challenging and complicated in many respects than even our recently completed Skyway Stage 3 โ€” which is an engineering marvel in and of itself,โ€ he added.

Electric power systems, computer and communications systems, signaling systems, and automated fee systems, among other things, have been installed to MRT-7, according to Ang.

โ€œThere are a variety of reasons for delays, ranging from required pandemic limitations to ROW problems, but as with all SMC projects, we put 110% effort into all areas we can work on to reduce delays. The most essential thing is that we do not stop; we continue to advance. We appreciate our national government’s continued support for this project, particularly President (Rodrigo) Duterte, the DoTR (Department of Transportation), the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways), and the LGUs (local government units) of Quezon City and Bulacan,โ€ Ang said.

SMC previously announced that the manufacture of additional critical MRT-7 equipment, which was obtained from a variety of nations, had also been finished.

Other railway operations equipment, such as that required for automatic fare systems, communication systems, signaling systems, power supply systems, third rail, track works systems, and rolling stock maintenance equipment (used to maintain trains), is expected to arrive from various countries throughout the year.

The project’s first test run is scheduled for December 2022.

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