Mga pasaherong naaapektuhan sa tuwing magkaka-aberya ang MRT, aabot sa 1,182 kada oras

admin   •   August 19, 2014   •   2969

FILE PHOTO : Mahigit isang libong pasahero ang naaapektuhan kada oras dahil sa mga kasalukuyang problema na nararanasan sa tuwing nagkakaroon ng aberya ang tren ng MRT (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Patuloy na nagkakaproblema ang operasyon ng mga tren ng MRT matapos ang nangyaring insidente sa Edsa-Taft station noong Miyerkules ng hapon, Agosto 13.

Bunsod ng mga aberyang ito, mahigit 20-libong pasahero kada araw o 1,182 na mananakay kada oras ang apektado ng pagkawala o pagkaantala ng operasyon ng isang tren ng MRT.

Ayon kay Atty. Hernando Cabrera, spokesperson ng Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), ito ang lalong nagpapahaba ng pila sa mga istasyon ng tren.

“Yung tren ng MRT, ang capacity nyan ay 1,182 passengers, so ang effect nyan ay kapag bumabiyahe ang isang tren… kapag inikot nyan ang isang loop… per hour per direction. Ibig sabihin nyan, kapag peak hours, imbes na may naisasakay ka pang 1,182 na pasahero ay nandyan pa sila nakapila. Every hour ‘yon nadadagdagan ka ng 1,182 na pasahero. Yun mararamdaman mo na dati-rating maiksi yung pila, humahaba yung pila mo.”

Ngunit sa kabila ng mga problemang ito at sa tagal ng kanilang pinaghihintay sa pila, patuloy naman ang pagtangkilik ng mga commuter dito.

Marami nang hinaing ang mga pasahero sa masikip at mahabang pila sa mga istasyon ng tren na nagsisilbing dahilan kung bakit maraming empleyado at estudyante ang nahuhuli sa kanilang trabaho at klase.

Ayon sa mga pasahero, kadalasan ay inaabot sila ng mahigit isang oras sa pagpila dahil sa congestion.

“Kasi sa labas mahaba na ang pila, minsan pinapatigil pa nila kasi puno raw sa loob, tapos sa loob mahaba pa rin yung pila. Kulang talaga ng MRT,” saad ng isang mananakay.

“Sana ho dagdagan nila, kasi sa lahat ng istayon puro pila eh. Kulang na kulang talaga ng MRT.”

Tiniyak naman ni Atty. Cabrera na sa susunod na taon ay darating na ang mga bagong bagon na inaasahang makatutulong sa kanilang operasyon.

“Mag-start ang delivery natin by August next year.”

Sa ngayon ay patuloy na naghahanap ng alternatibong pamamaraan ang pamunuan ng MRT upang maibsan ang lumalalang congestion sa kanilang mga istasyon. Isa na rito ang “skip trains” na dumidiretso sa mga overloaded na istasyon at patuloy na nagpapasakay ng pasahero sa kahabaan ng ruta ng MRT.

Nag-eeksperimento rin ang pamunuan ng MRT sa pagpapalit ng operating hours ngunit sa ngayon ay wala pang resulta ang assessment sa mga naturang sistema. (Gerry Alcantara / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 15, 2021

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

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-2 eyes deployment of additional trains by April

Robie de Guzman   •   March 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is looking to have more operational trains at the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) by next month or just in time for the opening of the LRT-2 East Extension project.

“We are fast-tracking the restoration of the three trainsets to augment the existing operational trains of Line 2 and to reduce the current 14-minute headway to nine minutes,” LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said in a statement issued on Thursday.

The Department of Transportation earlier announced that two additional stations of the LRT-2 East Extension project – Marikina Station (in front of the Sta. Lucia mall and Robinsons) and the Antipolo Station (in front of SM Masinag) – will start operations on April 27.

The two new stations will serve commuters from Recto, Manila going to Masinag, Antipolo, and back, with travel time expected to be cut down to just around 40 minutes.

Last March 5, Berroya conducted a random inspection of the ongoing installation of train propulsion system and train monitoring system on three trainsets at LRT-2 Depot Maintenance Area.

LRT-2 maintenance provider AMSCO JV (joint venture of APT Global Inc., MultiScan Corporation, and Opus Land, Inc.) and manufacturer Woojin Industrial Systems Co, Ltd started the installation of the said systems last March 3, 2021.

Berroya said that fielding more trains will result in the accommodation of more than 20,000 passengers daily in addition to the current average daily ridership of 40,000.

“As train occupancy of passengers is regulated during this time of pandemic with passenger safety as our top priority, deploying additional trains will certainly help us cut the travel time of our commuters,” he said

“With the commitment provided by our maintenance provider, manufacturer, and the LRTA, we expect to have eight trainsets and ten trainsets by 2nd quarter and 3rd quarter of 2021, respectively,” he added.

Berroya also stressed that other down trains are set to be rehabilitated and new trainsets are planned to be procured for the LRT-2 East and West Extension Projects.

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