New train sets for MRT-7 unveiled

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 16) — Six new train sets of the Metro Rail Transit-7 (MRT-7) were unveiled on Thursday as part of the first batch of 36 train sets acquired by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) for the mass transport project.

In a statement, SMC said the train sets are part of the 108 needed for the MRT-7.

"MRT-7 is a vital cog in our long-term goal to develop an integrated and interconnected transportation system where people from all income levels can get around and beyond the metropolis, quickly and efficiently," SMC president and chief executive officer Ramon S. Ang said in the statement.

SMC previously installed two train sets for the project: the first in September and the second in October.

The rolling stock were presented to President Rodrigo Duterte, who graced the occasion.

SMC said the 22-kilometer rail and road development is 56.03% completed, and test runs will start on Dec. 22.

MRT-7 runs from North Avenue, Quezon City to the city of San Jose del Monte in Bulacan.

The project will connect to the existing LRT-1 and MRT-3, improving accessibility throughout Metro Manila and the nearby growth corridor of Bulacan.

Duterte, for his part, vowed the MRT-7 -- a P77-billion project -- will be partially operational by the fourth quarter of 2022.

The President said the new train system "will help minimize air pollution as it is a greener and more energy-efficient means of transportation."

"It will likewise contribute to a healthier and cleaner environment, thereby improving the livability of the nation’s capital," he added.