MRT-3 rail replacement works to kick off in November – DOTr
Robie de Guzman • August 28, 2019 • 657
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced that the processing of rail replacements for the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) will start next month at the welding area in the railway’s Taft Avenue Station.
The DOTr said the move follows the complete transfer of all 4,053 pieces of rails to be used as replacements for degraded MRT-3 mainline tracks.
The transfer at the Tracks Laydown Yard in Parañaque was completed on August 26.
“Ilalatag na sa welding area ng MRT-3 Taft Avenue Station ngayong darating na Setyembre 2019 ang mga bagong riles na gagamitin para sa rail replacement ng Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).
Ito’y makaraang mailipat ang lahat ng 4,053 piraso ng mga bagong riles sa Tracks Laydown Yard sa Parañaque City mula sa Harbour Port Center sa Maynila,” the announcement read.
(The new rails to be used in the rail replacement for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will be processed at the welding area of MRT-3 Taft Avenue Station this coming September 2019. This was after all 4,053 pieces of rails were transferred to the Tracks Laydown Yard in Parañaque City from the Manila Harbour Port Center.)
The DOTr said the replacement works will begin in November and are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.
“Nakatakdang simulan ang pagpapalit ng riles ng MRT-3 sa Nobyembre, matapos dumating sa bansa ang iba pang rail parts sa Oktubre. Magtatagalhanggang Pebrero 2021 ang rail replacement,” it said.
(MRT-3 rail replacement works are set to start on November after other necessary rail parts were delivered in October. The rail replacement will last until February 2021.)
The department earlier said the installation of replacement rails will only take place non-operating hours to avoid disruption in the line’s daily train service.
The DOTr expects the new rails to reduce excess vibration of trains which cause damage to its electrical and mechanical component, and later leads to glitches or train breakdown.
“Malaking tulong ang mga bagong riles upang mabawasan ang “excess vibration” o pagkakatagtag ng mga bagon, na ikinasisira ng mga electromechanical component, na siya namang isa sa mga pangunahing sanhi ng train breakdown,”
(The new rails will help reduce excess vibration of trains which cause damage to its electrical component which has been identified as one of the causes of train breakdown.)
The procurement of new rails is part of the ongoing comprehensive rehabilitation of the MRT-3 to bring back the railway’s high-grade design condition.
The DOTr earlier said the rehabilitation and maintenance works will be done on MRT-3’s electromechanical components, power supply system, signaling and overhead catenary systems, rail tracks, elevators and escalators at all its stations.
The 72 light rail vehicles (LRVs) will also be overhauled as part of the project.
MANILA, Philippines – Mabigat na daloy ng mga sasakyan sa kahabaan ng EDSA ang bumungad sa mga motorista sa unang araw ng general community quarantine (GCQ) sa Metro Manila.
Ito ay dahil sa bulto ng mga pribadong sasakyan, pampasaherong bus na ginamit sa augmentation program ng Department of Transportation (DOTr), at mga taxi at transport network vehicle service na pinayagan nang bumiyahe sa ilalim ng GCQ.
Nakadagdag rin sa pagsisikip ng trapiko sa kalsada ang pag-arangkada ng point-to-point (P2P) buses, shuttle services ng mga kumpanya at mga bisikleta.
Nagsimula na ring gamitin ngayong araw ng mga pampasaherong bus ang innermost lane ng EDSA.
Pero hindi natapos ang loading at unloading bay areas sa ilalim ng MRT-3 stations kaya apat na istasyon lang muna ang hihintuan ng mga bus upang magsakay at magbaba ng mga pasahero.
Ito ay ang North Avenue station, Quezon Avenue, Ayala at Taft Stations.
Batay sa patakaran ng Inter-Agency Task Force, limitado lang ang bilang ng mga pasaherong maaaring sumakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan pang masunod ang panuntunan sa physical distancing.
Hindi rin lahat ng ruta ng pampasaherong bus ang pinayagang magbalik-pasada kaya pahirapan ang pagsakay ng mga pasahero.
May ilang pasahero na inabot ng ilang oras sa paghihintay ng masasakyan habang may iba namang naglakad na lang papasok sa trabaho.
Ang construction worker na si Jonathan Suico, madaling araw pa umalis sa Rizal ngunit naglakad rin pagdating sa may EDSA-Shaw Boulevard dahil walang masakyang bus papunta sa kanyang trabaho.
“Pupunta sana dun sa dulo kung may bus, eh ang masama nga eh, wala po eh. Wala pong magagawa po ma’am eh. Maglalakad na lang po,” ani Suico.
Humingi naman ng pang-unawa ang DOTr sa publiko sa limitadong transportasyon.
Ipinaalala rin ng kagawaran na naka-community quarantine pa rin naman ang Metro Manila at hindi pa maaaring lubusang magbalik-operasyon ang sektor ng transportasyon.
“Humihingi rin kami ng inyong pag-iintindi kasi nga ho, ‘wag nating kalimutan na tayo ay quarantine pa rin ho… At ang nangingibabaw po sa pagdating sa kagawaran ng transportasyon, ay ang inyong kalusugan, ang inyong kaligtasan,” ani Transportation Assistant Secretary Giovanni Lopez sa isang panayam sa UNTV ngayong Lunes.
Samantala, sinabi naman ni Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra III na pinag-aaralan na nila ang paglalagay ng bus stops sa Cubao at Ortigas Station kung saan malaki ang bulto ng mga pasahero.
“Nakita natin na full force ngayong araw yung mga bus na binigyan natin ng special permit so tuloy tuloy,” ani Delgra.
Tulad sa mga tren, limitado lang din sa 50-porsyento ng kapasidad ng mga pampublikong sasakyan ang bilang ng mga pasaherong maaaring isakay.
Dapat rin ay nasusunod sa mga ito ang physical distancing at iba pang health protocols upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng coronavirus disease. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspendent Harlene Delgado)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTR) is mobilizing augmentation bus service for workers and the general public who will not make it on MRT trains due to the expected surge of commuters on the first day of general community quarantine or GCQ in Metro Manila on Monday (June 1).
Starting today, two lanes in EDSA will operate exclusively for augmentation buses, specifically the ones near the MRT stations.
Initially, the Transportation Department has allowed 90 bus units to operate from June 1 to 15 with limited passenger capacity.
“According to DOTr rail sector, kailangan nila ng 90 buses. Iyan po ang sinabi nilang kakulangan sa transportasyon along the rail line [The DOTr Rail Sector asked for 90 buses. Those are what they need for transport augmentation along the rail lines],” said Atty. Martin Delgra, chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Designated bus stops are also placed under selected MRT stations where these buses may load and unload passengers.
These bus stops are in MRT north Avenue, MRT Quezon Avenue station, Ayala station and Taft station.
“Ang mangyayari po dito ang mga pasahero po ay ipi-pick up sa North Avenue at Quezon Avenue. Doon na lang po ang magiging drop-off at pick-up points papasok sa special lane na ibinahagi o ibibigay sa buses na ito. Diretso na po iyan,” noted Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Spokesperson Celine Pialago.
“Ang babaan na lamang po nila ay ang Ayala Station at ang Taft Station. Pagdating doon lalabas na po doon papunta sa sidewalk para makababa po ang mga commuters,” she added.
Lanes in EDSA will also be reorganized, according to the DOTr, with the outer lanes to be assigned for bicycles and motorbikes while the middle lanes for private vehicles.
Meanwhile, cashless payment is also being encouraged among public transport vehicle owners to avoid direct contact.
At present, several taxi and transport network vehicle services (TNVS) operators have installed automated collection systems in their respective units.
The DOTr assured that no fare increase will be allowed for now among mass transport vehicles. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday said it is working on forging partnerships with various digital payment providers for the implementation of cashless or contactless transactions in taxis and Transport Network Service Vehicles (TNVS) as part of the “new normal” amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a statement, the DOTr said it has tapped payment platforms to help equip taxis and TNVS with scan-to-pay systems to limit direct physical contact between drivers and passengers, thus further curbing the spread of COVID-19.
Taxis and Transport Network Companies (TNC) are allowed to operate in areas placed under general community quarantine at reduced capacity and with strict health and safety protocols.
“Cashless and contactless payment scheme will now be part of the ‘new normal’ in the public transportation system,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
The DOTr said one of the first to tie-up with the government for this purpose is GCash.
Under the partnership, GCash will help enable taxi drivers to accept digital payments through the Scan To Pay app where GCash users only need to scan the unique QR code of the taxi unit they are riding in paying for their metered fares.
GCash is also offering the GCash PowerPay+ solution to taxi operators where they can send out salaries, allowances, and commissions through to their employees, or members nationwide, the DOTr said.
“GCash strongly supports the government’s call for the use of mobile payments to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 through surfaces such as paper money,” GCash Head of Payments Jovit Bajar said.
Authorities are also in talks with other payment platforms PayMaya, Squidpay and Beep, among others, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said in the same statement.
“We had consultations with these providers over the weekend. We are encouraging these digital payment providers to partner with taxi operators and TNCs to lessen the chance of COVID-19 spread,” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said.
“On the part of the TNCs such as Hirna, Grab and Owto, they are already accepting cashless transactions,” he added.
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