MRT-3 resumes full ops; officials to probe on cause of power cable cut

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2019   •   163

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) announced on Friday afternoon that it has resumed full operations after the overhead catenary system (OCS) was successfully reconnected.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 management said the entire line from North Avenue Station to Taft Station resumed at 5 p.m.

“At 4:35 PM, MRT-3’s Overhead Catenary System (OCS) Team has successfully reconnected and restored the catenary cable that was cut earlier today at Guadalupe Station,” it said.

“Work site clearing, as well as the return of the stalled train and maintenance vehicle to the depot, is ongoing and shall be completed by 5:00 PM,” it added.

The MRT-3 management said that after normalizing operations, an investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the cut catenary cable.

The MRT-3 earlier reported the OCS was cut at around 6:17 a.m. which led to the implementation of a provisional service at 6:20 a.m. from North Avenue to Shaw Boulevard.

Partial operations were restored around 9:45 a.m. to serve passengers on both bounds of North Avenue to Shaw Boulevard stations.

The incident caused inconvenience to thousands of train passengers this morning.

Higher fences along MRT-3 railway tracks eyed to block outsiders

Marje Pelayo   •   October 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The management of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 is planning to put up higher fences following a series of accidents involving outsiders entering the train tracks.

On Tuesday (October 15), afternoon train operation was delayed for more than two hours after a man jumped onto the tracks in between Ayala and Buendia stations.

Authorities’ investigation revealed that the man was mentally disturbed. He died on the spot after sustaining head injuries from the incident.

MRT-3 management noted it was not the first time that an outsider was able to enter the MRT stations.

There were instances in the past where some thieves were arrested after sneaking into the tracks and stealing electric cables.

According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), there were also reports about street children climbing and crossing the fences of MRT-3.

“Ang mga batang hamog na nang-i-isnatch dyan sa EDSA, dyan din tumatalon sa bakod ng MRT. Aakyatin nila iyan. Kaya nilang talunin (Street children who snatch [items from people] in EDSA, they usually cross over the fences of the MRT). They will cross over to the other side,” noted EDSA Traffic Chief Edison Nebrija.

“Ang hirap habulin niyan dahil bakod yan (It’s difficult to run after them crossing the fence),” he added.

The UNTV News Team traversed EDSA along the stretch of the MRT.

The team observed that some portions of the MRT have high fences, and some even with barbed wires.

However, other parts of the train tracks are low with no barriers at all, particularly between Ayala and Buendia stations where the accident happened.

But according to MRT-3 Director Engr. Michael Capati, the current design and structure of walls and fences in the train tracks followed the standards.

Capati added that even the distance between stations and the structure from nearby bridges were carefully planned by experts to ensure that coaches would not collide in the event of a strong earthquake.

Still, the MRT management is considering putting up taller fences at all MRT-3 tracks.

“Sapat naman siya pero nire-review namin ngayon kung ano pa yung mga kailangan namin gawin para maprevent yung mga ganitong intrusion (They’re on standards but we are still reviewing everything to determine what else can we do to prevent such intrusion),” Capati said.

The MMDA calls on the public to immediately report to authorities should they notice any suspicious-looking persons along MRT tracks, footbridges, and other similar structures to prevent accidents. – MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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First set of Dalian trains to hit MRT-3 tracks Tuesday

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2019

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

MANILA, Philippines – The first set of China-made Dalian trains will be deployed at the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Tuesday night, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced.

“Starting today, 15 October 2019, one Dalian train set (equivalent to three train coaches) will hit the tracks of MRT-3 mainline during evening off-peak hours, from 8:30PM to 10:30PM,” the DOTr said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The DOTr said this development comes after MRT-3’s Japanese maintenance provider, Sumitomo Corporation-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – TES Philippines signed a consent for the limited deployment on one Dalian train set.

The said consent, according to the DOTr, indicates that the train set will be deployed for an initial trial period until the maintenance provider begins its rail replacement works in November 2019.

“Currently, three Dalian train (9 train coaches) sets have already completed the necessary commissioning and validation tests including the 150-hour run. Each Dalian train set has a three-car configuration that can carry 1,050 passengers per trip,” the DOTr said.

Each train set can carry up to 1,050 passengers.

Around 48 Dalian trains were purchased by the Aquino administration for P3.8 billion but most of it have not been used over doubts of its compatibility with the current MRT tracks.

Its deployment was delayed as the MRT-3 management had to wait for the consent of Sumitomo Corp. which maintains and rehabilitates the line.

Free MRT-3 ride for our beloved teachers!

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2019

Filipino teacher Henry Lumundag leads pupils singing the national anthem during the opening of classes at a public school in Las Pinas city, south of Manila, Philippines, 13 June 2016. EPA/FRANCIS MALASIG

The Metro Rail Transit-3 will be giving free rides to teachers in celebration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5.

Teachers can avail the free ride from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., just present their PRC license or faculty ID to the station personnel at the service gate.

“Bilang pagpupugay ito sa ating mga guro, alinsabay sa pagdiriwang ng National Teachers’ Day, (This is to honor our teachers in celebration of the National Teachers’ Day)” according to the MRT-3 post.—AAC

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