MRT-3 bus augmentation service dispatches at 4:00 a.m. starting July 9
Marje Pelayo • July 9, 2020 • 286
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has ordered the early dispatch of bus augmentation service at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) starting Thursday (July 9).
This is in response to the call of commuters affected by the temporary shutdown of the train service.
As ordered by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, the bus augmentation service will begin deployment of units at 4:00AM from the previous schedule of 5:30AM.
“Alinsunod po sa direktiba ni Secretary Tugade, kinausap po natin iyong bus company at nakuha po natin ang kanilang commitment na mag-start ng bus dispatching ng alas-kwatro ng madaling araw simula July 9. Para sa mga commuter ito. Para sa bayan,” said MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael J. Capati.
The adjustment is to minimize the queue of commuters at designated stations especially during morning rush hour.
Also, Tugade instructed the MRT-3 management to strictly follow the three-minute regular dispatch system of bus units.
The temporary shutdown of MRT-3 service has been ordered to give way to the mass RT-PCR [swab] testing among employees and personnel which includes maintenance workers and subcontractors to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Based on the latest record of the DOTr, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among MRT-3 personnel is at 202.
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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