No MRT-3 ops from March 30 to April 4

Robie de Guzman   •   March 16, 2021   •   1120

MANILA, Philippines – Operations of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) will be suspended from March 30 to April 4, its management announced on Tuesday.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 said its operations will be temporarily halted to give way to the yearly maintenance of trains during the long holiday.

“Bilang pagbibigay daan sa taunang masinsinang maintenance ng MRT-3, magkakaroon ng Holy Week Maintenance and Rehabilitation activities sa darating na ika-30 ng Marso (Martes) hanggang ika-04 ng Abril 2021 (Linggo),” it said.

“Ibig sabihin, walang biyahe ang mga tren ng linya sa mga nasabing petsa,” it added.

MRT-3 HOLY WEEK MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES

Bilang pagbibigay daan sa taunang masinsinang maintenance ng MRT-3, magkakaroon…

Posted by DOTr MRT-3 on Monday, March 15, 2021

The MRT-3 said the maintenance works include the installation of more CCTV units, replacement of point machines, and railway turnout in the depot.

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

A point machine is a device used for controlling railway turnouts from the MRT-3 Control Center.

“Mahalagang bahagi ang mga ito ng isang railway system para maging maayos ang railway signaling at pagpapatakbo ng mga tren,” the MRT-3 said.

The repair works are part of the ongoing rehabilitation project being conducted by the railway with its maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

MRT to offer free rides to PWDs from July 17 to 23

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—In celebration of the 43rd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week, the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) will offer free rides to persons with disability (PWDs).

In an advisory on Friday (July 16), the MRT management said the free rides will be for the week-long celebration of the NDPR from July 17 to 23.

Free rides will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Commuters who want to avail the MRT-3 free ride need to present their PWD identification card to the security personnel.

The MRT-3 management reminds commuters to strictly follow minimum health safety protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease. AAC

DOTr encourages private motorists to take EDSA busway, MRT-3 amid heavy traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the heavy traffic on Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has encouraged private vehicle owners to take public transportation.

In a statement, the department said that taking the EDSA Busway System and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) would help ease the heavy congestion along EDSA.

The DOTr assured that operations of the EDSA Busway System and the MRT-3 remain smooth and travel time is still fast for commuters. From 3 to 4 hours of travel time from Monumento to PITX, it is reduced to 45 minutes to 1 hour, according to the transportation department.

“Ang MRT-3 ay patuloy na nakakapagbibigay ngayon ng mas maganda, mas maayos, at mabilis na serbisyo sa ating mga commuter,” the department said in a statement.

MRT-3 operations would also improve once the massive rehabilitation and maintenance activities are completed by December 2021.

Meanwhile, the government is expected to resume the Service Contracting Program under the regular budget of the national government. This is to provide incentives to PUVs that provide free rides to commuters. AAC

Small pets now allowed in MRT-3

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Commuters are now allowed to bring their small pets inside the MRT-3 trains.

In a Facebook post, the MRT-3 management announce small pets will be allowed inside the trains as long as commuters will follow the rail line guidelines.

“Kinakailangan na nakalagay ang mga alagang hayop sa pet carrier na may sukat na hindi lalagpas sa 2ft by 2ft na laki,” the post read.

(Pets need to be inside pet carriers not exceeding 2ft by 2ft in size.)

Meanwhile, the MRT-3 reminded passengers to continue following the “seven commandments” against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in public transportation, including wearing of face mask, physical distancing, and others. AAC

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