MRT-3 wagon catches fire; 4 passengers slightly injured

Maris Federez   •   October 9, 2021   •   195

MANILA, Philippines — One of the coaches of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 caught fire at around 9:12 Saturday evening.

The fire incident took place along MRT-3 Guadalupe station.

In a statement, the MRT-3 management said it is “currently exhausting all efforts to address the situation, putting into primary consideration the safety of the passengers.”

The management also said provisional service was implemented to ferry passengers from MRT-3 North Avenue station to Shaw Boulevard station.

As of this writing, no casualties and major injuries have been reported.

Minor injuries, however, were recorded including one male and three female passengers. All of them sustained bruises in their legs after jumping off the train to the mainline tracks.

“Lalaki po ‘yung isa. Tumalon po sa tracks from the train. These four people sustained minor bruises, and are now being attended to by rescue personnel,” the MRT-3 management said.

Fire out was declared at 9:51 PM. —/mbmf


LRTA admin Reynaldo Berroya passes away at 74

Maris Federez   •   November 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Light Rail Transport Authority (LRTA) administrator and retired police general Reynaldo Berroya passed away on Monday, November 15. He was 74.

This was announced by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade on his Facebook post.

“I convey my utmost condolences and solicitude to the family and loved ones left behind by Gen Berroya,” Tugade said.

The DOTr chief noted that Berroya was “one of the most courageous and dedicated public servants and defenders of the Republic.”

“He was an exceptional leadership, which he proudly exhibited throughout his term and management at the LRTA,” Tugade said.

Tugade did not mention Berroya’s cause of death.

The DOTr chief said Berroya was “instrumental” in revitalizing the country’s transport system, particularly the railway sector.

“I will always remember Gen. Rey as the officer who commanded with authority, but also with irreverence, wit and humor just to lighten and brighten the issue at hand. At his very core is the essential trait of discipline which enabled him to lead with distinction,” he said.

Berroya was appointed as the LRTA’s administrator in 2017, was general manager of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) in 2013, and served as undersecretary and assistant secretary of the DOTr. —/mbmf

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:

7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

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.


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