MRT-3 to shutdown ops from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2020   •   297

MANILA, Philippines – The management of Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Friday reminded the public that its operations will be suspended over the weekend to give way to scheduled rehabilitation and maintenance works.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 said it will shut down operations from November 28 to 30 as part of the ongoing massive rehabilitation project being conducted by its maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

“Magpapatupad ang pamunuan ng rail line ng temporary shutdown sa operasyon ng mga tren nito sa mga nasabing petsa upang magbigay-daan sa gagawing turnout activity sa Taft Avenue station ng Sumitomo-MHI-TESP,” the rail management said.

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

Last November 2, the MRT-3 increased its train running speed to 50 kilometers per hour (kph) from 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 to launch own contact tracing app on January 18

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) will soft launch its own contact tracing application called “MRT-3 Trace” on January 18, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Wednesday.

“Starting January 18, passengers may use the DOTr MRT-3 Trace. But to give time for our passengers to familiarize themselves with the new app, full implementation will be on February 2021,” MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati said in a statement.

The digitized process of contact tracing is seen to help prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

“MRT-3 Trace is a web application that will help us and the passengers avoid further transmission of the virus through direct contact between our commuters and personnel. It will ease the process of contact tracing, and thus, prevent long queues in stations,” Capati said.

To register, passengers may log at trace.dotrmrt3.gov.ph and fill out the basic information such as full name, birth date, address, and contact number.

After registration, the app user should activate his/her smartphone location services.

When at the MRT-3, passengers need to scan the unique quick response (QR) code located at designated areas in the station.

The user will present the verification message to the security personnel before entering the station.

All information gathered will be transmitted to the MRT-3’s Data Center for security and easy tracing of individuals.

The web application is contactless and only requires a one-time registration for passengers to avoid duplicate accounts. The MRT-3 Trace registration is free.

For passengers who do not have smartphones, they can opt to manually fill-out the health declaration forms provided by the security personnel upon entering the station.

The DOTr assured that the MRT-3 Trace is compliant with Republic Act 1017 or the Data Privacy Act.

MRT-3, LRT limit operations until Jan. 1

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 31, 2020

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 and 2 will limit their operating hours until January 1.

MRT-3 will only be able to accommodate passengers in North Avenue Station until 7:45 p.m. from Thursday (December 31). The last trip in Taft Avenue Station is at 8:25 p.m.

On January 1, the first trip will open at 6:30 a.m. in North Avenue and Taft Avenue Stations while the last trip is scheduled at 9:30 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. in North and Taft Avenues, respectively.

For passengers at LRT-1, train operations will be until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday while the last trip at LRT-2 is at 7:30 p.m. AAC

MRT-3, LRT-2 resume ops after Batangas quake

Robie de Guzman   •   December 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The operations of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) has resumed after it was momentarily halted due to the magnitude 6.3-earthquake that struck off Calatagan, Batangas at around 7:34 a.m. Friday and felt in Metro Manila.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 management said the railway operations resumed at 8:32 a.m. but at a slower speed of 50 kilometers per hour (kph) from 60kph at the mainline after checking of tracks.

“Checking of buildings and facilities is ongoing,” the MRT-3 said.

The railway management was forced to suspend train operations for minutes earlier and advised train drivers to stop at the nearest station for precautionary measures.  

Meanwhile, the management of the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) said operations resumed around 11 a.m. after it was temporarily suspended due to the quake.

The temblor was also felt in nearby provinces, including Bulacan, Bataan, and Laguna.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said the quake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of focus of 109 kilometers.

The following intensities were recorded several areas: 

  • Intensity IV – Lemery, and Malvar, Batangas; San Pedro, Laguna; City of Manila; Marikina City; Quezon City; Cainta and Antipolo City, Rizal; Pasig City
  • Intensity III – Caloocan City; Tanay, Rizal; San Jose Del Monte City, and Plaridel, Bulacan; Gapan City, Nueva Ecija; Cabangan and Iba, Zambales; Samal,
  • Bataan; Valenzuela City; Malabon City
  • Intensity II – San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Alaminos City, Pangasinan
  • Instrumental Intensities were also recorded:
  • Intensity IV – Bacoor City; Tagaytay City; Carmona, Cavite; Plaridel, Calumpit, San Ildefonso, San Rafael, and Malolos, Bulacan; Guagua, Pampanga; Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro; Las Pinas City
  • Intensity III – Talisay, Batangas; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Dagupan City; Quezon City; Pasig City; Muntinlupa City; Marikina City; Cabanatuan City
  • Intensity II – Roxas, Oriental Mindoro; Lucban, Quezon; Baler, Aurora; Palayan City
  • Intensity I – San Jose, Nueva Ecija; Gumaca, Lopez and Lucena City, Quezon

Phivolcs said there is no reported significant damage from the quake but it is expecting aftershocks.

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