Rail sector promotes use of bicycles, installs free-to-use racks at train stations

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2020   •   528

MANILA, Philippines — Community quarantine restrictions have limited the mode of transport in the country especially in Metro Manila.

For this reason, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through its rail sector, has started installing bicycle racks at LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3 and Philippine National Railway (PNR) stations to promote the use of bicycles. 

Aside from convenience, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade supports the benefit of bicycle rides to commuters and the environment. 

“I fully support the establishment of the bike lanes as this active transport mode promotes a healthy lifestyle and clean environment. We will make this protected to ensure the safety of our cyclists,” Tugade stressed.

For safety and order, cyclists are reminded of the following rules:

  • Bike racks may be used free of charge.
  • Cyclists should bring their own personal padlocks.
  • Bicycle racks may be used from 5:00AM to 8:00PM only. 
    • LRT-2 – Parked bicycles beyond 8:00PM may still be claimed until the close of operations at 10:00PM.
    • PNR – Claiming of bikes is within operating hours.
  • No personal belongings such as bags or carry-ons should be left with the bicycle while parked at the rack.

Bicycle racks already in operation may be found in the following stations:

LRT-1 line

  • Central
  • Libertad Stations
  • EDSA Taft 

LRT-2 line

  • Legarda station 

MRT-3 line

  • North Avenue
  • Quezon Avenue
  • GMA Kamuning

The DOTr said cyclists are allowed to bring their folded bicycles inside the train car with a fare from origin to destination equivalent to one person, and subject to disinfection.

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MRT-3 to suspend ops from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 for maintenance works

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Wednesday announced the temporary suspension of rail operations next week.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 said it will temporarily shut down its operations from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 to give way to maintenance and rehabilitation works.

“Ang temporary shutdown ay ipatutupad upang magbigay-daan sa gagawing bushing replacement sa depot at turnout activity sa Taft Avenue station ng Sumitomo-MHI-TESP,” it said.

“Parte ng gagawing bushing replacement ng 34.5-kilovolt alternating current (kV AC) switch gear ay ang pagsasayos ng bus tie na nagbibigay ng supply ng kuryente sa depot mula sa Meralco power source nito sa Balintawak at Diliman, at pagkukumpuni ng isang panel na mayroong 12 bushing unit,” it added.

The line management further said that the turnout replacement works in Taft Avenue Station will also continue.

To recall, the MRT-3 implemented partial operations on Oct. 10 to 11 to give way to turnout repair activities.

“Noong ika-10 hanggang ika-11 ng Oktubre ay isinaayos ang 1A at 1B turnout sections kung saan ay 91% na ang completion rate nito, at patuloy ang isinasagawang welding ng mga ito,” the MRT-3 said.

“Bahagi ng turnout activity na ito ay ang pagsasaayos ng 2A at 2B turnout sections sa Taft Avenue,” it added.

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

MRT-3 maintenance works were initially scheduled earlier this year but was postponed due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is part of the ongoing massive rehabilitation project being conducted by the railway’s maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The MRT-3 said the maintenance work has resulted in no unloading incidents since June, restoration of escalators and elevators in all stations, and the enhancement of train speed from 30 kilometers per hour (kph) to 40 kph.

The rail management hopes to further increase the train speed up to 60 kph when repair works for turnouts are completed in December.

LRT-1 assures safety as it increases passenger capacity to 30%

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2020

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MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the private operator and maintenance provider of Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1), on Tuesday, assured the safety of its passengers as it increases the capacity of trains following the government’s move to ease restrictions on public transportation.

In a statement, the LRMC said the rail line’s passenger loading capacity will be increased to 30% gradually up to 50% later on in compliance with the directive of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to gradually increase the maximum passenger capacity of trains and adhere to its Oplan Air.

Passenger control will be implemented using the passenger limit per platform strategy, wherein a defined number of passengers are allowed to board per station, it added.

The rail operator also emphasized the importance of wearing face masks and face shields which are part of the “7 commandments of public health” being imposed on public transportation to curb the transmission of COVID-19.

These health protocols also include the prohibition of talking and making phone calls, as well as eating when aboard a public vehicle, keeping the vehicle well-ventilated, the conduct of frequent disinfection, and the observance of physical distancing. Passengers showing COVID-19 symptoms are also not allowed inside public transportation.

“Rail Public Transportation is an enabler of our consumer-driven economy.  Our mission remains to provide safe transportation, and we achieve this using best in class safety protocols. In addition, we study the passenger behavior and target disinfection on the places most in contact with the passengers,” LRMC President and CEO Juan Alfonso said.

“These are measured by our team weekly, and adjustments are made to the priority areas for cleaning. I can assure our commuters that the LRT-1 system is safe,” he added.

The LRMC also said it is conducting a study on the safety protocols for its trains aimed at applying best practices in trains systems from abroad.

MRT-3 to implement partial ops on Oct. 10 to 11

Robie de Guzman   •   October 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) on Friday announced it will implement partial operations on Oct. 10 to 11 to give way to repair works.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 said rail operations from Shaw Boulevard to Taft Avenue stations will be suspended on Saturday to Sunday for repair works.

“Sa halip na ipatupad ang scheduled full suspension of weekend operations upang magbigay daan sa pagsasaayos ng turn outs sa Taft Ave. Station, magpapatupad na lamang ng partial operations ang MRT-3 mula October 10-11,” the line management said.

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

Another repair in the said stations is scheduled from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

The MRT-3 management said train trips from North Avenue to Shaw Boulevard stations will continue over the weekend.

MRT-3 maintenance works were initially scheduled earlier this year but was postponed due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is part of the ongoing massive rehabilitation project being conducted by the railway’s maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The MRT-3 said the maintenance work has resulted in no unloading incidents since June, restoration of escalators and elevators in all stations, and the enhancement of train speed from 30 kilometers per hour (kph) to 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.

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