DOTr, LTFRB address concerns over long queues at MRT, EDSA Carousel Stations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 15, 2021   •   228

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said they have taken steps to address the long queues in MRT-3 stations and in EDSA Carousel Stations.

In a Facebook post, the DOTr explained that the long lines were prompted by the heavy rain on Friday (June 11).

Vehicular accidents were also reported which contributed to an unusual traffic build-up. The department also noted that waiting time and queuing  are inevitable especially during rush hour or weekend.

“Lines of commuters at the MRT-3 Ortigas and Ayala stations that Friday night were in normal condition. The commuters in the photos lined-up to board buses at the EDSA Carousel stations, which are also located at the said MRT-3 stations,” the DOTr said.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the DOTr Road Sector and the LTFRB to implement protocols to avoid long queues. This includes adding more transport marshals, requesting EDSA Busway Consortium to deploy the maximum number of authorized bus units, and deploy more “rescue skip buses” to congested EDSA Bus Stops to pick up passengers especially during rush hours.

Meanwhile, the DOTr Road Sector, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and local government units (LGUs) concerned shall likewise meet and further discuss various measures to prevent traffic congestion that affect the operation of the EDSA Busway. AAC

DPWH to conduct road reblocking on EDSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will conduct road reblocking and repairs on EDSA beginning Friday (July 23) at 11:00 p.m.

In an advisory, the DPWH announced EDSA Caloocan (Southbound) before Mariano St. and Congressional Avenue near corner Ayshire St., Bahay Toro will be closed beginning Friday. The affected road will be fully passable by 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 26.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes instead.

Meanwhile, two roads in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are already passable after the department conducted road clearing earlier today. A portion of Marcos Highway in Taloy Sur, Tuba, and a portion of the Abra – Kalinga Road were unpassable early Friday due to soil collapse brought by monsoon rains. AAC

MRT to offer free rides to PWDs from July 17 to 23

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—In celebration of the 43rd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week, the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) will offer free rides to persons with disability (PWDs).

In an advisory on Friday (July 16), the MRT management said the free rides will be for the week-long celebration of the NDPR from July 17 to 23.

Free rides will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Commuters who want to avail the MRT-3 free ride need to present their PWD identification card to the security personnel.

The MRT-3 management reminds commuters to strictly follow minimum health safety protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease. AAC

DOTr encourages private motorists to take EDSA busway, MRT-3 amid heavy traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the heavy traffic on Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has encouraged private vehicle owners to take public transportation.

In a statement, the department said that taking the EDSA Busway System and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) would help ease the heavy congestion along EDSA.

The DOTr assured that operations of the EDSA Busway System and the MRT-3 remain smooth and travel time is still fast for commuters. From 3 to 4 hours of travel time from Monumento to PITX, it is reduced to 45 minutes to 1 hour, according to the transportation department.

“Ang MRT-3 ay patuloy na nakakapagbibigay ngayon ng mas maganda, mas maayos, at mabilis na serbisyo sa ating mga commuter,” the department said in a statement.

MRT-3 operations would also improve once the massive rehabilitation and maintenance activities are completed by December 2021.

Meanwhile, the government is expected to resume the Service Contracting Program under the regular budget of the national government. This is to provide incentives to PUVs that provide free rides to commuters. AAC

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