Biyahe ng mga tren ng MRT-3 suspendido na simula ngayong araw

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2021   •   270

MANILA, Philippines – Muling nagpaalala sa publiko ang pamunuan ng Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) na wala nang biyahe ang kanilang mga tren simula ngayong Martes, Marso 30.

Una nang inanunsiyo ng MRT-3 management na pansamantalang ititigil ang kanilang operasyon mula Marso 30 hanggang Abril 4 upang bigyang-daan ang taunang maintenance at rehabilitation activities sa linya ng tren.

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WALANG BIYAHE ang mga tren ng MRT-3 simula bukas,ika-30 ng Marso, hanggang ika-4 ng Abril 2021, upang…

Posted by DOTr MRT-3 on Sunday, March 28, 2021

Kabilang sa mga aktibidad na gagawin sa linya ang pagpapalit ng mga railway turnouts o switches, pagkakabit ng mga bagong point machine, pagpapalit ng ACU Filters, at paglalagay ng CCTVs.

Kailangan ding palitan ang insulation sleeves ng Overhead Catenary System (OCS) at pagpipintura sa OCS corroded equipment, at iba pa.

Ang pagkukumpuni ay gagawin ng maintenance provider ng MRT-3 na Sumitomo-MHI-TESP.

Nakatakadang magbalik-operasyon ang MRT-3 sa Lunes, ika-5 ng Abril 2021.

Ang Light Rail Transit line 1 at 2, pati na rin ang Philippine National Railways ay una nang nag-anunsiyo ng temporary suspension ng kanilang mga biyahe para bigyang-daan ang maintenance ng mga tren ngayong Lenten week.

Samantala, bilang ayuda sa Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs) na pinahihintulutang makabiyahe ngayong naka-enhanced community quarantine ang NCR Plus, sinabi ng MRT-3 na tuloy rin ang paglulunsad ng EDSA Bus Carousel Augmentation kasabay ng shutdown.

LRT-2 to shorten operating hours starting April 17

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) will temporarily shorten its operating hours due to the increasing number of LRT-2 frontline personnel infected with COVID-19, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said.

In an advisory, the LRTA said the shortened operating hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. will be implemented starting Saturday, April 17 until April 30.

“Consistent with the guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), our Management opted to shorten the operating hours so as to help us prevent the further spread of the virus and avoid the possible paralysis of our operations in case the numbers continue to surge,” LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said.

Out of 1,944 total LRT-2 employees, 1,906 have been tested from April 7 to 8. Of this number, 273 individuals were found positive for coronavirus.

The LRTA said that only 56% are currently functioning among ticket management and sales collection personnel, and about 73% among train drivers. Some 68% of the station personnel are left available with the rest under quarantine due to COVID-19 infection or exposure.

“We have already isolated all the infected/exposed personnel, have implemented work-from-home arrangements for depot workers, revisited train ventilation and air-flow protocols, and ensured that all minimum public health standards are complied with at all times to avoid the further spread of the virus,” Berroya said.

He said that the reduced operating hours will allow the LRTA to still effectively manage LRT-2 operations considering the manpower deficit and allow COVID-19 afflicted employees to recover and complete their mandatory quarantine/isolation period.

The LRTA also noted that under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) being implemented until April 30, LRT-2 is expected to experience a significant decline in ridership.

“At this time of public health emergency, the welfare and safety of both our passengers and personnel must always come first,” Berroya said.

The LRTA appealed to passengers to strictly observe all the COVID-19 protocols, stressing that “the road to beat the virus is a two-way street.”

Passengers are also reminded to always wear face masks and face shields, to be self-aware and socially disciplined, and to adhere to all COVID-19 health and safety measures in place.

Meanwhile, buses are plying Route 9 (Antipolo to Cubao) and Route 10 (Cubao to Doroteo Jose) to augment LRT-2 operations and to help accommodate affected passengers.

The normal LRT-2 operating schedule will resume on May 1, 2021, the LRTA said

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LRT-1 ops suspended on April 17-18, 24-25

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) on Tuesday announced the temporary suspension of LRT-1 operations for the next two weekends this month to give way to maintenance works.

In an advisory, the LRMC said the temporary shutdown will be implemented on April 17 to 18 and April 24 to 25.

The rail management said the shutdown will allow them to complete the remaining maintenance and rehabilitation works that started during the Lenten week break.

“The works to be carried out during this period would cover the maintenance of trains, stations, and various systems including the scheduled replacement of overhead catenary wires,” the LRMC said.

“The additional days will also accelerate the preparations needed for the commercial use of the new Generation-4 train sets in Q4 2021,” it added.

The rail management said that there will be no changes in the service schedule of LRT-1 on weekdays: Northbound train (4:30AM to 9:15PM), Southbound train (4:30AM to 9:30PM).

The Department of Transportation has confirmed the deployment of public utility buses, running on Route 17 (Monumento to EDSA via Rizal Avenue/Taft Avenue), to support affected commuters during the temporary weekend shutdown, it added.

The LRMC assured that it will continue to enforce its health and safety protocols, as well as comply with IATF guidelines while performing the maintenance works during this period.

 

Metro railways to operate at limited capacity starting April 5

UNTV News   •   April 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s major railways will scale-down their operations starting Monday, April 5, as train personnel continue to undergo testing for COVID-19, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Sunday.

“We should not compromise the health, safety, and security of the traveling public and our working people. That is a non-negotiable position,” DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said.

MRT-3, LRT-1, and LRT-2 will resume operations at limited capacity tomorrow, April 5, while the Philippine National Railways (PNR) is set to resume operations on Friday, 09 April 2021.

MRT-3 will deploy 10 to 12 trains. Affected passengers will be assisted and served by augmenting buses running on the EDSA Carousel route.

Meanwhile, LRT-2 line will be deploying five (5) trains on its limited operations, and displaced passengers will be accommodated by existing bus routes 9 and 10.

For LRT-1, 17 trains will be deployed, and affected passengers will be accommodated by buses running on Route 17 (Monumento-EDSA via Rizal Avenue/Taft Avenue).

PNR will resume operations on Friday, 09 April 2021, and will be deploying 10-12 trains.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has directed to ensure the isolation/quarantine of the following personnel:

  1. Those who tested positive
  2. Those who are still awaiting test results
  3. Those identified as close contacts of confirmed cases
  4. Employees exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19

With the resumption of railway operations, the DOTr and its Railways Sector assures the public that it will strictly observe the health and safety protocols, measures, and initiatives, to protect the overall welfare of the riding public and personnel, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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