MRT-3 eases liquid ban, allows 100 ml. and below

Marje Pelayo   •   February 15, 2019   •   2155

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 management issued on Thursday (February 14) a statement easing its liquid ban by allowing liquid items less than 100 milliliters in volume.

“Ang bottled water, drinks at iba pang uri ng likido tulad ng pabango, rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol), hand sanitizers na 100ML and below ang volume capacity ay pinapayagan na po sa loob ng istasyon at tren ng MRT-3,” the MRT-3 management said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The ban was implemented following the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu that killed more than 20 people and wounded several others.

The ban was to avoid entry of liquid substance that can be mixed with other chemicals to form a liquid bomb.

The measure drew flak from commuters due to inconveniences and commuting delays.

The advisory also calls on commuters who who had items confiscated during inspections to claim their belongings by presenting an identification card to the station supervisor where the items were seized. – Marje Pelayo

LRT-2 shuts off air conditioning system due to volcanic ash

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transport (LRT) Line 2 management has temporarily shut down the train’s air conditioning system to prevent damage to the trains due to ash fall as a result of the recent eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas.

On its Twitter account, LRT-2 added that windows will remain closed to prevent the riding public from exposure to volcanic ash that is harmful to health due to its sulfur content.

Train service remains on normal operation at LRT2 as well as at LRT Line 1 and MRT-3.

Meanwhile, the number coding scheme has already been suspended on Monday.

This means vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are allowed to travel in Metro Manila streets throughout the day.

Also, all flights have already been cancelled at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as early as Sunday (January 12).

Cancellations remain in effect “until further notice,” according to authorities.

READ: DOTr, CAAP, MIAA: Flight suspension in effect until further notice

Beep cards now at P30

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Stored value cards or ‘beep cards’ now cost ₱30, according to the latest announcement of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) on Thursday (January 2).

The P10 price hike on stored value cards has taken effect on January 1, 2020.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified, however, that there is no increase in the actual train fare of LRT-1, LRT-2 and Metro Rail Transit Line Line-3.

On top of the P30 issuance fee on reloadable cards, passengers have to pay an initial load higher than the minimum fare of P12 for LRT-1 and 2 and P13 for MRT-3.

The said increase in card issuance fee is in line with the concession agreement signed on March 31, 2014 by DOTr and AF Payments Inc., the concessionaire jointly owned by the Ayala Group and Metro Pacific Investments.

Based on Sec. 16.5.b of the agreement: “Any Stored Value Card distributed by the concessionaire until 31 December 2019 shall be charged an issuance fee of not more than twenty pesos (PhP 20); and any stored value card distributed by the concessionaire after 31 December 2019 shall be charged an issuance fee of not more than thirty pesos (PhP30).”

MRT-3 offers free rides on Rizal Day

Marje Pelayo   •   December 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The public can still avail of free train rides at the MRT Line 3 this afternoon as part of the commemoration of Rizal Day today, December 30.

The free ride, which started from 7:00 AM this morning will resume from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM this afternoon.

On this day in 1896, our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal was executed in Bagumbayan, present-day Rizal Park.

Rizal was known for his direct role in starting the revolution against the Spanish colonizers through his writings which stood for the dignity and the rights of the Filipino people.

MAGANDANG BALITA!Bilang paggunita sa buhay ng ating pambansang bayani na si Gat Jose Rizal, mayroong libreng sakay sa…

Posted by DOTr MRT-3 on Sunday, 29 December 2019
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