The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 will be closed during the Lenten season for a week-long maintenance work.
In an advisory posted on its Twitter account, the management of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) MRT-3 said its operations will be suspended from April 15 (Monday) to April 21 (Sunday).
“MRT-3 will have its annual general maintenance shutdown (Holy Week shutdown) from Holy Monday, April 15, to Easter Sunday, April 21,” the DOTr-MRT-3 said.
“Maintenance works that will be done during the one week suspension of revenue operations include rail grinding, rail cascading, replacement of turnouts, structural testing, and other general maintenance activities on our trains, electrical systems, and other MRT-3 subsystems,” the agency added.
The MRT-3 revenue operations will resume on April 22 (Monday).
The advisory follows the ‘smoke’ incident on March 18 (Monday) where hundreds of its passengers were forced to disembark between Cubao and Santolan interstation around 6:02 p.m after one of its coaches began emitting smoke.
The DOTr-MRT-3 said it has launched an investigation into the cause of the smoke.
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The agency has appealed for patience from its passengers for the imminent maintenance shutdown of MRT-3 operations this April.
“We ask for the understanding and patience of our commuters as we take the necessary maintenance measures towards making MRT-3 more reliable and efficient, parallel with our comprehensive rehabilitation and overhaul of the entire system,” the DOTr-MRT-3 concluded. – Robie de Guzman