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.

MRT-3 reschedules weekend suspension of operations

Robie de Guzman   •   July 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Thursday said it has rescheduled its weekend suspension of operations for rail replacement works.

In an advisory, the management of the MRT-3 said it moved the schedule to October to November “Upon the recommendation of maintenance provider Sumitomo-MHI-TESP.”

The MRT-3 rail replacement works was originally set for August to September.

The maintenance provider, meanwhile, assured that the new schedule will not affect the target date of completion for the rail replacement works and increase of train speed.

MRT-3 passengers reminded to accomplish health declaration form before boarding

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The management of MRT-3 reminds passengers to accomplish a health declaration form before boarding the trains. 

The said measure is part of the ongoing contact tracing among commuters to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Forms are being distributed at stations as commuters wait in line. 

After accomplishing the form, passengers will go through body temperature checking before they will be allowed to proceed to the turnstile area.

Commuters are encouraged to provide the complete information required in the health declaration form to help in the government’s effort to curb the COVID-19 transmission. 

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Rail sector promotes use of bicycles, installs free-to-use racks at train stations

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2020

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:

LRT-1 line

  • Central
  • Libertad Stations
  • EDSA Taft 

LRT-2 line

  • Legarda station 

MRT-3 line

  • North Avenue
  • Quezon Avenue
  • GMA Kamuning

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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