Expect longer queues at MRT-3 under the new normal
Aileen Cerrudo • May 7, 2020 • 476
The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) has warned its passengers to expect longer queues as they prepare to resume operations under the ‘new normal’.
The management will be implementing strict physical distancing where passengers are required to wear face masks. Senior citizens, pregnant women, and passengers ages 21 and below will not be allowed inside the MRT-3.
Passenger numbers will only be limited to 153 per train and those with high temperature will also not be allowed to enter.
According to MRT-3 Director for Operations Engr. Michael Capati, queues would take longer than an hour.
“They will have to allocate more time in their travel time. Kasi alam naman nila doon sa dati nating “normal”, mahaba ang pila. Matagal silang pumipila, much more dito sa ‘new normal’, mayroon compliance doon sa social distancing, (Because in the previous “normal”, lines were already long. They used to wait in line for hours, much more here in the ‘new normal’, there is compliance to social distancing),” he said.
With this, the MRT-3 management is recommending private companies to consider flexible work schedule to avoid overcrowding, especially during rush hours.
They are also planning to add more trains which include the three Dalian trains that passed in the decommissioning. Capati said there are 15 to 16 operational MRT-3 trains.
“Talgang kailangan mag-deploy ng more trains available (There is a need to deploy more available trains),” he said.
Meanwhile, the LRT-1 and LRT-2 are also preparing to implement new protocols under the ‘new normal’. LRT-2 will limit the number of passengers to 160 per train while LRT-1 will limit the number of passengers to 158. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines — Community quarantine restrictions have limited the mode of transport in the country especially in Metro Manila.
For this reason, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through its rail sector, has started installing bicycle racks at LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3 and Philippine National Railway (PNR) stations to promote the use of bicycles.
Aside from convenience, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade supports the benefit of bicycle rides to commuters and the environment.
“I fully support the establishment of the bike lanes as this active transport mode promotes a healthy lifestyle and clean environment. We will make this protected to ensure the safety of our cyclists,” Tugade stressed.
For safety and order, cyclists are reminded of the following rules:
Bike racks may be used free of charge.
Cyclists should bring their own personal padlocks.
Bicycle racks may be used from 5:00AM to 8:00PM only.
LRT-2 – Parked bicycles beyond 8:00PM may still be claimed until the close of operations at 10:00PM.
PNR – Claiming of bikes is within operating hours.
No personal belongings such as bags or carry-ons should be left with the bicycle while parked at the rack.
Bicycle racks already in operation may be found in the following stations:
The DOTr said cyclists are allowed to bring their folded bicycles inside the train car with a fare from origin to destination equivalent to one person, and subject to disinfection.
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