MRT-3 to implement partial ops on Oct. 10 to 11

Robie de Guzman   •   October 9, 2020   •   637

MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) on Friday announced it will implement partial operations on Oct. 10 to 11 to give way to repair works.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 said rail operations from Shaw Boulevard to Taft Avenue stations will be suspended on Saturday to Sunday for repair works.

“Sa halip na ipatupad ang scheduled full suspension of weekend operations upang magbigay daan sa pagsasaayos ng turn outs sa Taft Ave. Station, magpapatupad na lamang ng partial operations ang MRT-3 mula October 10-11,” the line management said.

A turnout or railroad switch is a mechanical installation enabling railway trains to be guided from one track to another railway junction.

Another repair in the said stations is scheduled from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

The MRT-3 management said train trips from North Avenue to Shaw Boulevard stations will continue over the weekend.

MRT-3 maintenance works were initially scheduled earlier this year but was postponed due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is part of the ongoing massive rehabilitation project being conducted by the railway’s maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The MRT-3 said the maintenance work has resulted in no unloading incidents since June, restoration of escalators and elevators in all stations, and the enhancement of train speed from 30 kilometers per hour (kph) to 40 kph.

The rail management hopes to further increase the train speed up to 60 kph when repair works for turnouts will be completed in December.

MRT-3 reopens to commuters aged 18 to 65 starting Sept.16

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Starting Thursday (September 16), commuters aged 18 to 65 are allowed to board MRT-3 trains during the implementation of Alert Level 4 in the National Capital Region (NCR).

However, commuters aged 17 below and those with health risks are still not allowed on MRT-3 trains pursuant to the guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

MRT-3 trains will only accept passengers at 30% capacity, equivalent to 124 persons per train car or 372 persons per train set.

The MRT-3 management strictly reminds passengers to observe the “7 Commandments” against COVID-19 as recommended by health experts:

1) Always wear a face mask and face shield
2) Observe the ‘no talking’ and ‘no answering of phone’ policies
3) No eating inside train
4) Maintain proper ventilation
5) Conduct regular disinfection
6) Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 are barred inside stations
7) Always maintain proper physical distance

Train operations from North Avenue station begin at 4:37 AM while the first car from Taft Avenue Station departs at 5:17 AM.

The last car from North Avenue station departs at 9:30 PM while the last car from Taft Avenue station departs at 10:10 PM.

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MRT-3, LRT-2, PNR extend free rides for vaccinated APORs as NCR reverts to MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   September 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that authorized persons outside residence (APORs) or those known as essential workers may still enjoy free train rides at MRT-3, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) as the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila is extended until September 15.

However, the managements of MRT-3, LRT-2 and PNR remind APORs, that only those vaccinated may avail of the free rides, regardless if it is only their first dose or they are already fully vaccinated.

The schedule of free train rides for vaccinated APORs is as follows:

MRT-3
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

LRT-2
5:00 AM to 7:00 AM
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Philippine National Railways (PNR)
4:00 AM to 6:00 AM
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
7:00 PM onwards

To avail of the free ride, APORs must present their respective vaccination cards and valid IDs to the assigned security personnel at the station as proof.

Other credentials that may be presented include Certificate of Employment (COE); Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID; or company ID.

The DOTr reminds the public that only APORs are allowed to use the MRT-3 under MECQ.

Trains are operating at 30% passenger capacity which is equivalent to 124 passengers per train or a total of 372 persons per train set.

Passengers are reminded to observe the strict health protocols inside trains and train stations specifically the ‘7 Commandments’ against COVID-19:

1) Always wear a face mask and face shield;
2) No talking policy is applied at all times;
3) No eating;
4) Maintain proper ventilation in all public transportation;
5) Disinfect regularly;
6) Passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed to board;
7) Always observe appropriate physical distancing.

Vaccinated APORs to get free LRT2, MRT-3, PNR rides at selected hours

Marje Pelayo   •   August 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The management of LRT-2, MRT-3, and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will continue to provide vaccinated Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) free rides at selected hours.

Specifically, vaccinated APORs can ride the LRT-2 and PNR trains for free at off-peak hours as services remain limited, according to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade.

Meanwhile, APORs may ride MRT-3 trains for free during the line’s peak hours.

These are the inclusive hours per rail line:

MRT-3 peak hours
– 7AM to 9AM and 5PM to 7PM

LRT-2 off-peak hours
– 5AM to 7AM; 9AM to 5PM; and 7PM to 9PM

PNR off-peak hours
– 10AM to 3PM

Tugade clarified that the limited continuation of the Free Rides for Vaccinated APORs Program will only be during the enforcement of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila which ends on Aug. 31.

He said the free ride program for vaccinated APORs will be later re-evaluated depending on changes in the quarantine status of Metro Manila for possible extension.

“This free ride program aims to encourage more APORs to get vaccinated, especially now that new and more transmissible variants of COVID-19 are emerging,” Tugade added.

Meanwhile, the Transport Secretary reminds APORs to strictly observe physical distancing and other health protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19 while inside public transport vehicles and stations.

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