MRT-3 begins earlier bus trips after commuter woes
Aileen Cerrudo • July 8, 2020 • 470
The MRT-3 management has set an earlier schedule for their bus augmentation after commuters experienced longer queues due to MRT-3’s suspended operations.
Roma Salazar, one of the commuters, said she had to adjust her travel time by two hours earlier after the MRT-3 halted its operations due to the spike in COVID-19 cases among its employees.
“Dapat kasi ang alis ko ng bahay 6:00 a.m. Since nawalan ng byahe ang MRT, inagahan ko nang alis nang 4:00 a.m. kasi expected ko na mahaba ang pila, (I usually leave at 6:00 a.m., but since MRT is closed I left the house at 4:00 a.m. I expected the lines would be long),” she said.
From the previous 5:30 a.m. schedule for the bus trips, the MRT-3 management set it at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday (July 8). Several modified bus stops were also opened along the center island on EDSA.
The stations include: North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Main Avenue, Santolan, Ortigas, Guadalupe, Ayala, and Taft Avenue.
However, this caused confusion among several commuters. Some of them had to walk to reach the modified bus stops.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Spokesperson Asec. Goddes Hope Libiran is appealing for public commuters’ understanding, saying the new protocols cater to their safety.
“Ito naman po ay hindi naman permanente. Interim lang po ito habang nagkakaroon ng problema sa ating MRT-3. Sa lalong madaling panahon, inaayos naman natin iyan para makababa at makasakay ulit sila doon sa mga istasyon na binababaan nila dati, (This is only temporary. This is only an interim while there are issues with MRT-3. We are fixing the matter as soon as possible so commuters can board and alight at the original stations)” she said. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines —The management of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) has ordered its personnel to put on full personal protective equipment (PPE) with face masks and shields to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the depot.
This, after 36 depot personnel and six workers of the train’s maintenance provider Sumitomo-MHI-TESP contracted COVID-19 prompting the management to place the entire depot under “enhanced access control”.
All infected personnel were immediately isolated and placed under quarantine.
Under “enhanced access control,” only personnel who test negative in the RT-PCR swab testing will be allowed entry into the depot.
They are required to submit a health declaration form twice daily as part of the monitoring of their individual health conditions.
Also, regular temperature checking is imposed on all entering and exiting employees and those with temperature higher than 37.7 degrees Celsius will not be allowed inside.
All measures are aimed at protecting depot personnel as well as MRT-3 passengers from contracting COVID-19.
MANILA, Philippines —Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) General Manager Rodolfo Garcia has contracted novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade confirmed on Thursday.
“Tinamaan po ang ating general manager ng MRT-3. Mino-monitor ko kaninang midnight, nandoon siya sa isang ospital sa ICU (intensive care unit),” Tugade said.
The Transportation chief also said that apart from Garcia, MRT-3 director for operations Engr. Michael Capati also tested positive for coronavirus but is already recovering.
The MRT-3 earlier reported that a total of 36 depot personnel have contracted the virus as well as six members of its maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
All personnel who have tested positive for coronavirus are already in quarantine, the rail management said.
The DOTr earlier assured the public that COVID-19 infections are limited at the MRT-3 depot in Quezon City and that there are no reported cases among its station personnel.
The rail management also ensured that measures are in place to prevent transmission, such as the shifting of employees to a work from home arrangement, with only essential office personnel allowed to report physically at the depot after obtaining negative RT-PCR test results.
Stations personnel are also required to wear full personal protective equipment.
The MRT-3 is also enforcing limited capacity in trains, health screening of entering passengers and personnel, regular disinfection of trains and facilities, as well as the placement of disinfection stations and transport marshals to ensure observance of health and safety protocols.
Passengers are also reminded to strictly observe policies being implemented when riding public utility vehicles. –RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)
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