Authorities ban bottled drinks on MRT, LRT trains

Marje Pelayo   •   January 31, 2019   •   2015

The third set of MRT-3 trains that were purchased from Chinese firm CCRC Dalian

MANILA, Philippines – Commuters are advised not to bring bottled drinks inside stations of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) as part of authorities’ intensified security measures following a series of attacks in Mindanao.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has placed the entire Metro Manila under heightened alert status following the Jolo church bombing on Sunday (January 28).

The measure, the PNP said, aims to prevent the entry of dangerous chemicals in train stations contained in plastic bottles that can be used to harm and jeopardize the safety of the riding public. – UNTV News and Rescue

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How to avail the DOTr student free ride

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 1, 2019

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: Passengers inside an MRT coach on a rush hour ride

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) began the implementation of the Student free Ride Program on Monday (July 1).

READ: Students to get free train rides, airport and seaport terminal fees — DOTr

According to LRTA, students would need to avail their Student Free Ride ID/Pass by applying online. After applying online, students will receive an email on when to claim their ID. They may claim their ID at any nearest LRT station.

While the Student Free Ride ID/Pass is being processed students need to follow these steps to avail the free ride.

  • Show your school ID to the station teller at the Student Free Ride designated station.
  • Claim the Student Free Ride Ticket (SFRT).
  • Show your school ID and SFRT to the security guard at the service/staff gate.
  • Before leaving the station, students have to show their school ID to the security guard at the service/staff gate and surrender their SFRT at the designated drop box.

For lost SFRT, there will be a penalty of P30.00.—AAC

Netizens elated by free rides at MRT, LRT 1 and 2

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 12, 2019

Netizens are elated after availing the free rides offered by Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit (LRT-1) and LRT-2.

MRT-3, LRT-1 and 2 are offering free rides from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For some netizens who have to work on a holiday, the offer is a welcome consolation.

For others, it makes the celebration of Independence Day extra festive.

MRT3, LRT, PNR services halted after strong quake jolted parts of Luzon

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has ordered the suspension of the operations of Metro Manila’s main rail lines for at least five hours to assess their structures after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces on Monday afternoon, April 22.

On its Twitter account, DOTr said that operations of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) and Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) will remain suspended until further notice as advised by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

“Upon NDRRMC’s advice at around 5:42 PM to NOT resume operations, instructions were relayed to LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3 NOT to resume operations until further notice,” DOTr said, relaying a message from DOTr Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddes Libiran.

“Preliminary guidance from NDRRMC is NOT to resume operations until after a five hour observation period, based on risk of aftershocks, based on a similar earthquake event in Indonesia,” it added.

In a separate Twitter post, the agency said that Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered to halt the train operations to ensure the safety of commuters.

“Per Secretary Art Tugade, let us not risk the safety of our commuters. Better to be safe than sorry. Siguraduhin na ligtas sakyan ang buong linya bago natin patakbuhin ulit,” DOTr said.

In a post on its official Twitter account, the LRT-1 also announced the suspension of its rail services.

“In the interest of passenger safety, LRT-1 is temporarily suspending its operations for the whole line (Roosevelt-Baclaran),” it said.

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) also temporarily suspended its operations to check whether its structures sustained damages from the strong earthquake.

Meanwhile, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) assured that it is business as usual at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as no damage was noted on its runways following the quake.

Robie de Guzman

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