MRT: No additional trains during ‘ber’ months

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 19, 2019   •   460

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) has announced there will be no additional trains that will operate for the ‘ber’ months despite the influx of passengers during holiday season.

According to the management, the three Dalian trains that already passed the test run will still not be allowed to operate.

MRT-3 Director Engr. Michael Capati said they are still finalizing talks regarding the trains.

“We are doing our best to make sure na ma-insert ang Dalian, the soonest possible time hopefully this month. I believe mayroon nang communications doon. (We are doing our best to insert the Dalian [trains], the soonest possible time hopefully this month. I believe there are already communications on the matter)” he said.

There are currently 13 to 15 trains operating everyday. There is a 7-minute interval and the trains run at 30 kilometers per hour.

The MRT management also aims for additional operating hours in the coming ‘ber’ months. Rail replacement will also be conducted from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. to not compromise train operations.

The one-week general maintenance might also be extended next year.

“Pagdating po diyan sa pag-rehab natin ng riles ipe-phasing po namin iyan kasi hindi natin kayang isara ang buong sistema ng kung ilang buwan. (When it comes to rehabilitating the rails, we will put them in phasing because we cannot close down the whole system for several months)” Capati said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Expect longer queues at MRT-3 under the new normal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2020

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) has warned its passengers to expect longer queues as they prepare to resume operations under the ‘new normal’.

The management will be implementing strict physical distancing where passengers are required to wear face masks. Senior citizens, pregnant women, and passengers ages 21 and below will not be allowed inside the MRT-3.

Passenger numbers will only be limited to 153 per train and those with high temperature will also not be allowed to enter.

According to MRT-3 Director for Operations Engr. Michael Capati, queues would take longer than an hour.

“They will have to allocate more time in their travel time. Kasi alam naman nila doon sa dati nating “normal”, mahaba ang pila. Matagal silang pumipila, much more dito sa ‘new normal’, mayroon compliance doon sa social distancing, (Because in the previous “normal”, lines were already long. They used to wait in line for hours, much more here in the ‘new normal’, there is compliance to social distancing),” he said.

With this, the MRT-3 management is recommending private companies to consider flexible work schedule to avoid overcrowding, especially during rush hours.

They are also planning to add more trains which include the three Dalian trains that passed in the decommissioning. Capati said there are 15 to 16 operational MRT-3 trains.

“Talgang kailangan mag-deploy ng more trains available (There is a need to deploy more available trains),” he said.

Meanwhile, the LRT-1 and LRT-2 are also preparing to implement new protocols under the ‘new normal’. LRT-2 will limit the number of passengers to 160 per train while LRT-1 will limit the number of passengers to 158. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Oil price hike looms this week

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 24, 2020

FILE PHOTO: PTT fuel dispenser | PVI/Mosquiton Isacar

Oil companies are set to implement price adjustments beginning Tuesday (February 25).

Based on Shell’s advisory, their diesel, gasoline, and kerosene prices will go up by P0.20/liter, P0.30/liter, and P0.35/liter respectively. The said prices will be effective on Tuesday at 6:00 a.m.

Petro Gazz will also implement the same price hike on their diesel (P0.20/liter), and gasoline (P0.30/liter).

Meanwhile, Cleanfuel is set to implement their price adjustments on Wednesday (February 26) at 12:01 a.m. Their diesel price will be up by P0.20/liter while gasoline price will increase by P0.30/liter.—AAC

PNR extends line to Los Baños with additional trains from Japan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 5, 2019

The Philippines National Railways (PNR) officially extended its operations to Los Baños, Laguna on December 1 with the addition of new stations and train sets from Japan.

According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the five new flag stop stations past the Calamba station are Pansol, Masili, Los Baños, College, and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

The fare from Tutuban to Los Baños (IRRI) is P150.

Passengers will also experience reclining and rotating seats, stowable tables, leg rests, and a comfort room inside the Kogane train set from Japan. The DOTr said the Kogane train consists of three coaches and can accommodate 81 passengers.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade commended the efforts of the PNR for modernizing its train sets.

Umpisa pa lamang po ito, dahil marami pa pong ihahandog ang PNR na makakaabot ang riles sa iba’t ibang parte ng bansa (This is just the beginning because the PNR still has a lot to offer in order for its services to reach other parts of the country),” he said in a statement.

Apart from the Kogane train, two new train sets from Indonesia will arrive next week. The PNR ordered a total of 37 rail cars from Indonesia, 31 of these coaches are set to be delivered from December 2019 to February 2020.—AAC

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