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MRT-3 offers free rides to women

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2019

MRT Taft Avenue Station

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Women who are taking the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) on Friday morning (March 8) need not pay for their train fare.

This is the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) way of celebrating International Women’s Day.

Free rides begin at 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and will resume at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Aside from MRT-3, Pasig River Ferry Service is also offering free rides to female passengers on Friday.

READ: Women to get free ferry rides, Intramuros museum access on March 8

Museums like Casa Manila Museum, Baluarte de San Diego, and Fort Santiago in Intramuros are also offering free entrance to women in celebration of International Women’s Day.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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LRT-2 offers free rides to Filipino Veterans on PH Veterans Week

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) will be giving free rides to all Filipino veterans during the observance of the Philippine Veterans Week and Day of Valor this month.

The day of valor or Araw ng Kagitingan is being observed in the country every April 9. It is a regular holiday commemorating the valiant heroism of Filipino soldiers during the World War 2.

The Philippine veterans’ week is annually commemorated every April 5 to 11 by virtue of Proclamation No. 466.

“In observance of the Philippine Veterans Week and the Araw ng Kagitingan, veterans may avail of unlimited free LRT-2 rides at any time between 4:30 a.m. until the last commercial train trip on the dates indicated below,” the LRT-2 said in an advisory on Tuesday.

The last commercial LRT-2 trip is until 10:30 p.m.

The unlimited free ride for Filipino veterans will start on April 5, Friday until April 11, Thursday next week.

Each veteran must present his or her Philippine Veterans Affairs Office identification card at any LRT-2 station.

However, the management noted that the veteran must be accompanied by an individual to avail of the free ride.

The LRT-2 management said the free ride is in recognition of the Filipino Veteran’s valor, in response to a netizen who questioned the initiative. – Robie de Guzman

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First set of Dalian trains ready to hit MRT-3 tracks this week

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019

File photo: The third set of MRT-3 trains that were purchased from Chinese firm CCRC Dalian

MANILA, Philippines – The first set of Dalian Trains is expected to be deployed to the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) any day this week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Thursday.

DOTr-MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati said in an interview that the additional train set will be included in the regular fleet to help address the problem on passenger congestion and number of daily operational train coaches.

Capati said the three Dalian train sets have already completed this month the necessary commissioning and validation tests including the 150-hour Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) validation run.

These tests are required to determine the trains’ operability and compatibility with the tracks.

READ: DOTr to deploy another MRT-3 train this March

DOTr MRT-3 meets with CRRC Dalian Co. to discuss maintenance strategies in line with the anticipated addition of the first Dalian train set to MRT-3’s regular fleet. Photo from DOTr official Facebook page

In line with the anticipated addition of the first Dalian train set to MRT’s regular train sets, the DOTr MRT-3 met with representatives from the CRRC Dalian Co., on Thursday.

This is to discuss the maintenance strategies for the Dalian trains once they permanently hit the tracks.

The said trains were purchased from China’s Dalian Locomotive in 2015 but its deployment was delayed due to issues with the signaling system and concerns over its weight. – Robie de Guzman

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MRT-3 operations back to normal after ‘smoke’ incident

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019

MRT passengers forced to get off the train and walk along the trails after one of the coaches emitted smoke | Image grabbed from video shared by @sntl007

The management of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 said it has launched an investigation into the cause of the smoke in one of its coaches that offloaded hundreds of its passengers on Monday evening.

Passengers were forced to alight the train between Cubao and Santolan interstation after one of its coaches began emitting smoke.

The Department of Transportation-MRT-3 management said in a statement that normal operations resumed around 30 minutes after the incident.

“At around 6:02 p.m., a train unloaded passengers at Cubao and Santolan interstation due to reported emission of smoke from underneath thee train. Passengers were assisted by the train driver and security personnel,” the statement read.

The train regained traction at 6:35 p.m. and was moved to the pocket track in Shaw Station, the DOTr-MRT-3 added.

“DOTr MRT-3 is investigating the cause of the incident, and sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience caused to our passengers,” the agency said. – Robie de Guzman

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