LOOK: Poor condition of MRT-3's signalling system [photos]

A netizen took and made public photos showing the poor condition of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) signalling system. Take a look.

In a viral Facebook post, transport geek James Aron Mangun exposed the sorry state of the control room and obsolete computers running Metro Manila's rapid transit system.

Here's what he said:

"Despite having visited this place for years, its only recently that I have been able to snap piks of these discretely.



For those wondering what the pictures were, yes this is the MRT-3s signalling system..a critical part of a train system as it controls the movement, speed and direction of the trains for safe operation.

The signaling system is powered by a MAN900 mainframe computer built by AdTranz(now Bombardier) and despite the line being new, still uses a 5 1/2 floppy drive and an Ericsson CPU powered by a Motorola 68000 processor...which was first made IN 1979! Add the fact that the interface computer still uses a 2004 Pentium D processor(the predecessor of Core2Duo which was replaced by Intel I3), an older version of Windows XP and 256MB RAM.

Add to the fact that the room, which has sensitive components, has a barely working and malfunctioning air conditioning system that is wrongly installed(engineer/technician friends can see whats wrong), doesnt have proper safety provisions and conditions for worker's comfort and safety.....
All of this built and done under the private owner(MRTC) and their contractor Sumitomo/TESPI..who in their 12 years of control and continued ownership DID NOTHING to improve or upgrade the line.

And they have the gall to demand the line be returned to them, raise fares and call for the MRT3's complete privatization??This is where all the sovereign guarantees, commercial revenues, subsidies and fares went.

So for those calling for MRTC to return to "save MRT", ‪#‎SaveMRT‬ my behind. This is proof that the goal of parties like MRTC is to profit extensively at the cost of the public."

This should be brought to the attention of Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation for appropriate action. President Rodrigo Duterte will surely be furious about this.