MRT-3 says train smoke emission due to short circuit in traction motor

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019   •   371

MANILA, Philippines – The smoke emission incident at a Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) train that prompted the unloading of some 530 passengers at northbound Santolan Station on Nov. 4 was due to a short circuit, its operator said Thursday.

In a statement, the MRT-3 management said a short circuit in one of the traction motors (broken bearing cover) caused the incident according to the investigation of its maintenance provider Sumitomo.

“It also showed on the affected parts that high current flowed in the circuit, causing significant damage to the electrical box and adjacent parts,” it said.

To prevent the recurrence of such incident, the MRT-3 management said it has placed countermeasures such as crack testing on bearing cover of traction assembly, checking of protecting device during emergency and regular maintenance, thorough cleaning of electrical boxes and insulation tests on high voltage cables.

“We appeal to the riding public’s understanding while the massive rehabilitation of MRT-3 system is ongoing,” it said.

MRT-3 reschedules weekend suspension of operations

Robie de Guzman   •   July 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Thursday said it has rescheduled its weekend suspension of operations for rail replacement works.

In an advisory, the management of the MRT-3 said it moved the schedule to October to November “Upon the recommendation of maintenance provider Sumitomo-MHI-TESP.”

The MRT-3 rail replacement works was originally set for August to September.

The maintenance provider, meanwhile, assured that the new schedule will not affect the target date of completion for the rail replacement works and increase of train speed.

MRT-3 disinfects trains, enforces measures vs coronavirus

Robie de Guzman   •   March 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Tuesday disinfected its coaches as part of its precautionary measures against the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement posted on Facebook, the MRT-3 management said its personnel are disinfecting the hand straps, rails and seats of their trains to ensure the safety of passengers.

“Patuloy ang ginagawang pagdi-disinfect ng mga tauhan ng MRT-3, kasama ang mga personnel ng Sumitomo-MHI-TESP, sa loob ng mga tren. Ginagawa ang pagdi-disinfect sa turnback sa North Avenue station na tumatagal ng 2-3 minuto,” it said.

“Anim na personnel ang naka-assign upang maglinis sa loob ng bawat tren. Pulidong nilang nililinis ang mga handstrap, handrail at mga upuan,” it added.

The management also said that alcohol bottles are also provided in all ticket windows in every station, and restrooms have hand soaps for the use of train passengers.

The MRT-3 operator also reminded the public to wash their hands frequently, eat nutritious food and to boost their immune system to avoid contracting COVID-19 and other diseases.

“Pinaaalalahanan ng MRT 3 ang lahat na regular na maghugas ng kamay, kumain ng mga masusustansyang pagkain, at uminom ng bitamina upang lumakas ang resistensya, at nang sa ganun ay maiwasan ang COVID-2019,” it said.

“Higit sa lahat, kumunsulta sa doktor kung may nararamdamang mga sintomas,” it added.

The management assured it is doing all it can to ensure the safety of the public.

“Makakaasa po kayo na ginagawa ng MRT-3 ang lahat upang mapanatili ang kaligtasan ninyo, ang aming mga pasahero,” it said.

As of posting time, the Philippines has 33 confirmed coronavirus infections.

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the country under a state of public health emergency following the recommendation of the Department of Health amid the surge of COVID-19 cases.

“Sa ilalim ng ganitong estado, ang lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno at local government units ay kinakailangan magbigay ng full assistance at kooperasyon sa lahat ng hakbang ng gobyerno laban sa pagkalat ng nasabing virus,” the MRT-3 said.

LIST: MRT-3 train service schedule this holiday

Marje Pelayo   •   December 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) management has released the train service schedule for the holiday season.

Specifically, trains will have shortened operating hours on December 24, 25, 31, and on January 1.

Such adjustment is to give way for the replacement of the trains’ dilapidated rails, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

MRT-3 train service schedule this holiday season will be as follows:

December 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 26 and 27

  • First Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue Station starts at 4:40 a.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue Station starts at 5:41 a.m.

  • Last Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue Station leaves at 9:10 p.m.

Taft Station to North Avenue Station leaves at 10:11 p.m.

December 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30

  • First Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue Stations leaves at 4:40 a.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue Station leaves at 5:37 a.m.

  • Last train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue station leaves at 9:10 p.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue Station leaves at 10:11 p.m.

December 24 and 31

  • First Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue Stations leaves at 4:40 a.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue Station leaves at 5:37 a.m.

  • Last Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue station leaves at 7:45 p.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue station leaves at 8:42 p.m.

December 25

  • First Train

North Avenue and Taft Avenue stations leave at 6:30 a.m.

  • Last Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue Station leaves at 9:10 p.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue station leaves at 10:11 p.m.

January 1

  • First Train

North Avenue and Taft Avenue stations leave at 6:30 a.m.

  • Last train

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue station leaves at 10:11 p.m.

January 2 and 3

  • First Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue Station starts at 4:40 a.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue Station starts at 5:41 a.m.

  • Last train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue station leaves at 9:10 p.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue Station leaves at 10:11 p.m.

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