The management of the state-run Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) has requested funds to buy new trains following the surge in passenger traffic.
Lysa Blancaflor, MRT3 spokeswoman, said that they are requesting funds from the National Economic and Development Authority for the purchase of 73 new trains.
The new trains, Blancaflor said, will replace 20 old trains that are servicing MRT3 trips from North Avenue-Taft Avenue and vice-versa.
She said that MRT3 management hopes that NEDA will release the funds soon so that the agency can provide fast and efficient service to hundreds of thousands of passengers each day.
Blancaflor added that by buying new trains, the agency would be able to cut down on service and maintenance costs.
As of end-May 2008, MRT3 trains collectively had an average of 506,000 passengers during peak days. The highest number was recorded on April 18 at 523,803 passengers.
During the same period last year, MRT3 trains took an average of 466,000 on peak days, with the highest being recorded on Jan. 12, 2007 at 475,193.