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

Marje Pelayo   •   October 16, 2019   •   1142

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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Construction of elevated busways to begin in four months — MMDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The construction of the elevated busways in several areas along EDSA will begin in four months, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to submit the design by next week.

After the design submission, Abalos said the bidding process will begin.

“We have to go [through] the process of bidding of procurement which is about 3-4 months. Give us four months matatapos na po ito (it will be completed). Gagawin namin ito sa corner ng (We will construct this at the corner of) Quezon City and Caloocan.” 

The MMDA said the elevated busway is among the solutions to ease traffic along EDSA.

“There is only one way to beat this. It’s what we called the elevated bus ramps,” Abalos added.

The MMDA chairman said the agency has around P200 million budget from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Quezon City local government to fund the said project.

The agency is also looking for more ways to further increase its budget for the construction of the busways. -AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

MMDA mulls over reopening 2 U-turn slots in EDSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 26, 2020

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the House Committee on Transportation are reviewing the reopening of two U-turn slots on EDSA.

The agency said they have received numerous complaints due to the severe traffic being experienced by motorists along EDSA from Quezon Avenue to Balintawak following the closure of U-turn slots in Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare to give way to the EDSA Busway.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said they already discussed with the House Committee on Transportation about reopening two U-turn slots.

May plano po tayo na magbalik ng dalawang U-turn slots maybe dito sa may North Avenue and Congressional pero may infrastructure po tayo na gagawin diyan para hindi maabala flow ng traffic (We have plans to reopen two U-turn slots along North Avenue and Congressional but we will install an infrastructure there so as not to disrupt the flow of traffic),” he said.

The MMDA reported there are 200,000 – 300,000 vehicles plying EDSA every day.

The agency will also implement a Stop and Go scheme for vehicles plying A. Bonifacio and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

MMDA to close another EDSA U-turn slot starting Oct. 26

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced it will be closing another U-turn slot along EDSA next week.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the U-turn slot located near Corregidor Street (northbound and southbound) will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Oct. 26.

This follows the closure of the U-turn slots in front of Quezon City Academy and along EDSA North Avenue in the past few weeks.

The agency advised motorists to take detour routes.

For southbound vehicles, they may take the U-turn slot after Dario Bridge/in front of Landers.

Northbound vehicles may take the U-turn slot at EDSA-Quezon Avenue flyover.

The MMDA earlier said the closure of U-turn slots along EDSA is to ensure the smooth operation of the EDSA Busway Project.

The EDSA busway project designates the innermost lane of EDSA as exclusive lane for buses travelling along the national highway.

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