Higher fences along MRT-3 railway tracks eyed to block outsiders

Marje Pelayo   •   October 16, 2019   •   268

MANILA, Philippines – The management of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 is planning to put up higher fences following a series of accidents involving outsiders entering the train tracks.

On Tuesday (October 15), afternoon train operation was delayed for more than two hours after a man jumped onto the tracks in between Ayala and Buendia stations.

Authorities’ investigation revealed that the man was mentally disturbed. He died on the spot after sustaining head injuries from the incident.

MRT-3 management noted it was not the first time that an outsider was able to enter the MRT stations.

There were instances in the past where some thieves were arrested after sneaking into the tracks and stealing electric cables.

According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), there were also reports about street children climbing and crossing the fences of MRT-3.

“Ang mga batang hamog na nang-i-isnatch dyan sa EDSA, dyan din tumatalon sa bakod ng MRT. Aakyatin nila iyan. Kaya nilang talunin (Street children who snatch [items from people] in EDSA, they usually cross over the fences of the MRT). They will cross over to the other side,” noted EDSA Traffic Chief Edison Nebrija.

“Ang hirap habulin niyan dahil bakod yan (It’s difficult to run after them crossing the fence),” he added.

The UNTV News Team traversed EDSA along the stretch of the MRT.

The team observed that some portions of the MRT have high fences, and some even with barbed wires.

However, other parts of the train tracks are low with no barriers at all, particularly between Ayala and Buendia stations where the accident happened.

But according to MRT-3 Director Engr. Michael Capati, the current design and structure of walls and fences in the train tracks followed the standards.

Capati added that even the distance between stations and the structure from nearby bridges were carefully planned by experts to ensure that coaches would not collide in the event of a strong earthquake.

Still, the MRT management is considering putting up taller fences at all MRT-3 tracks.

“Sapat naman siya pero nire-review namin ngayon kung ano pa yung mga kailangan namin gawin para maprevent yung mga ganitong intrusion (They’re on standards but we are still reviewing everything to determine what else can we do to prevent such intrusion),” Capati said.

The MMDA calls on the public to immediately report to authorities should they notice any suspicious-looking persons along MRT tracks, footbridges, and other similar structures to prevent accidents. – MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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MRT rail replacement to start Monday night

Maris Federez   •   November 4, 2019

Sumitomo Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has readied the materials and machines that will be used in replacing the rail tracks of the MRT-3 which will start late evening on Monday (November 4).

MRT-3 director for operations Eng’r. Michael Capati said the rail replacement will be conducted from 11 in the evening to 4 in the morning until its completion in 2021.

This is so that the daily operation of the MRT will not be affected by the rail replacement.

“Mag-iistart tayo dyan sa station 10 which is Buendia. Ang gagawin dyan is mamayang gabi tatanggalin yung luma, babaklasin yung luma, at ipapalit yung bago at ikakabit ulit,” Capati said.

Once the project is completed, trains will be able to run 60-kph from the current 30-kph.

This will shorten the time interval of train trips to three minutes from the current eight minutes, which will also shorten the travel time of passengers.

The rail replacement is also seen to be compatible with the controversial Dalian trains that the Aquino administration purchased from China.

“Once na na full replacement na natin yung buong riles sa buong ruta ng MRT-3 then pwede na nating magistart ng testing ng 60kph for Dalian (trains),” Capati added.

The compatibility of the Dalian trains to the MRT rails had been an issue which is why the trains were not yet used in the metro train operation.

The rail replacement which is a part of the MRT-3 rehabilitation project is expected to be completed in July 2021. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

530 passengers unloaded after MRT-3 emits smoke

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of passengers were offloaded at the northbound Santolan station of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) after one of its trains was reported to have emitted smoke on Monday afternoon.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 management said around 530 passengers were unloaded after a train driver reported a smoke emission at 4:08 p.m.

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A provisional service with seven trains running from Shaw Boulevard to Taft Avenue has been implemented around 4:30 p.m., it added.

The train management assured commuters its rehabilitation and maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy, will “conduct a thorough investigation” on the incident.

It added that measures will also be implemented to prevent the incident from happening again.

Minors to get free MRT-3 rides on November 6

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Monday announced it will give free rides to passengers 18 years old and below this coming Wednesday, November 6 in celebration of the 27th National Children’s Month.

In a Twitter post, the MRT-3 management said the offer may be availed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Students will have to present their school identification cards to get free train rides.

“Pwede itong ma-avail mula alas-7 hanggang alas-9 ng umaga, at mula alas-5 ng hapon hanggang alas-7 ng gabi. Para sa mga estudyante, ipresenta lamang ang inyong School ID sa aming station personnel na nasa service gate upang makalibre ng sakay,” it said.

This year’s National Children’s Month will be celebrated with the theme, “Karapatang Pambata: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan” according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In a memorandum released last September, the DILG said the celebration aims to recognize the gains and successes of the Philippines in the promotion and protection of children’s rights.

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