The management of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) has lifted its ban on bottled water and other liquid items.
MRT-3 said in a statement Wednesday that bottled water, lotions and other liquids such as perfume, alcohol and the like that have volume capacity of more than 100 milliliters (ML) may now be brought inside train stations and coaches.
However, passengers have to test these items by drinking the water, spraying perfume or using the lotion or rubbing alcohol in front of MRT security personnel.
Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) also temporarily lifted its liquid ban as they await the policy’s official Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) from the Office of the Transportation Security, according to LRT-2 Spokesperson Hernando Cabrera.
For its part, the Management of the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) said it would continue implementing its ban on bottled water and other drinks.
In January, transport authorities imposed a liquid ban in the MRT and LRT lines as part of heightened security measures following recent bombing incidents in the southern part of the country.
Only breast milk, liquids for the needs of children and people with disabilities and liquids used to augment the body for medical and cosmetic reasons were allowed on the trains during the ban. – Robie de Guzman
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) maintains that minimum fare in MRT Line 3 will remain despite the ongoing rehabilitation works on the train system.
According to Transport Undersecretary Timothy John Batan, unless commuters experience full convenience and observe significant improvements in the MRT Line 3 system, there is no reason for any fare increase.
Meanwhile, the Department is expected to achieve its target train speed of 60 km. and the completion of its rehabilitation efforts including the replacement of new rail tracks and the addition of new train coaches by the year 2021.
Once completed, the MRT Line 3’s full operation is expected to accommodate up to 600,000 passengers every day. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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