Sec. Abaya, iminungkahing ilipat sa LRTA ang management at operations ng MRT 3

admin   •   September 23, 2014   •   2685

Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Mas mabuting ilipat sa pamumuno ng Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) ang operasyon ng Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT).

Ayon kay Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, mas makakaya ng LRTA ang handling at management ng MRT.

Sa pagdinig ng Senate Finance Committee kanina, sinabi ni Abaya na labinglimang taon nang pinamumunuan ng Project Management Office ng DOTC ang MRT.

“Short term, hopefully we could transfer MRT 3 transfer to LRTA. We feel that the GOCC running the rails would be in a better position to regulate. As of now, MRT is a mere PMO,” saad nito.

Subalit, inamin ng kalihim na hindi nito inaasahang magre-react sa mungkahing ito ang MRT Corporation (MRTC).

Ang MRTC ay isang private consortium na in-charge sa maintenance ng MRT.

Nasa 53-bilyong piso ang hinihingi ng DOTC sa buyout plan sa MRTC at complete takeover ng pamahalaan sa Mass Rail Transit System.

Ani Abaya, “Hindi naman mako-compromise ang safety ng MRT, hindi pwedeng sipain lang sila. Mapipilitan tayo to close the train.”

Samantala, nadismaya naman ang mga senador sa kabiguan ng DOTC na gampanan ang tungkulin nito, lalo na sa pagpapatupad ng mga proyektong pang-transportasyon na itinuturong ugat ng problema sa trapiko partikular na sa usapin ng bidding ng MRT.

Sen. Chiz: “I see a lack of foresight, and I’m being very kind.”

Sec. Abaya: “Yes, your honor, we do admit. But initial discussions were made two months prior.”

“Frustrating, too much studies… services are suffering.”

“It’s important that you be able also to build up your workforce so just in case the maintenance provider is not able to comply, you can step in,” saad naman ni Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares.

Napag-alaman na noog Setyembe 4 pa natapos ang maintenance contract sa MRT ng Autre Porte Technique Global, Inc.

Subalit ayon kay Abaya, wala pang contractor na maaaring ipalit dahil nagpapatuloy pa ang bidding ng proyekto.

Inamin naman nitong nagkaroon ng pagkukulang ang kagawaran sa hindi kaagad paglagay ng advertisements sa bidding ng MRT.

Dahil dito, pinalawig na kada buwan ang kontrata ng APT Global. Dagdag ni Abaya, nagkakahalaga ng P57 million kada buwan ang nasabing kontrata.

Naniniwala naman si Senator Chiz Escudero na dapat tutukang mabuti ang bidding sa susunod na maintenance provider ng MRT. (Bianca Dava / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DOTr, LTFRB address concerns over long queues at MRT, EDSA Carousel Stations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said they have taken steps to address the long queues in MRT-3 stations and in EDSA Carousel Stations.

In a Facebook post, the DOTr explained that the long lines were prompted by the heavy rain on Friday (June 11).

Vehicular accidents were also reported which contributed to an unusual traffic build-up. The department also noted that waiting time and queuing  are inevitable especially during rush hour or weekend.

“Lines of commuters at the MRT-3 Ortigas and Ayala stations that Friday night were in normal condition. The commuters in the photos lined-up to board buses at the EDSA Carousel stations, which are also located at the said MRT-3 stations,” the DOTr said.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the DOTr Road Sector and the LTFRB to implement protocols to avoid long queues. This includes adding more transport marshals, requesting EDSA Busway Consortium to deploy the maximum number of authorized bus units, and deploy more “rescue skip buses” to congested EDSA Bus Stops to pick up passengers especially during rush hours.

Meanwhile, the DOTr Road Sector, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and local government units (LGUs) concerned shall likewise meet and further discuss various measures to prevent traffic congestion that affect the operation of the EDSA Busway. AAC

LRT-2 to shorten operating hours starting April 17

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) will temporarily shorten its operating hours due to the increasing number of LRT-2 frontline personnel infected with COVID-19, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said.

In an advisory, the LRTA said the shortened operating hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. will be implemented starting Saturday, April 17 until April 30.

“Consistent with the guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), our Management opted to shorten the operating hours so as to help us prevent the further spread of the virus and avoid the possible paralysis of our operations in case the numbers continue to surge,” LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said.

Out of 1,944 total LRT-2 employees, 1,906 have been tested from April 7 to 8. Of this number, 273 individuals were found positive for coronavirus.

The LRTA said that only 56% are currently functioning among ticket management and sales collection personnel, and about 73% among train drivers. Some 68% of the station personnel are left available with the rest under quarantine due to COVID-19 infection or exposure.

“We have already isolated all the infected/exposed personnel, have implemented work-from-home arrangements for depot workers, revisited train ventilation and air-flow protocols, and ensured that all minimum public health standards are complied with at all times to avoid the further spread of the virus,” Berroya said.

He said that the reduced operating hours will allow the LRTA to still effectively manage LRT-2 operations considering the manpower deficit and allow COVID-19 afflicted employees to recover and complete their mandatory quarantine/isolation period.

The LRTA also noted that under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) being implemented until April 30, LRT-2 is expected to experience a significant decline in ridership.

“At this time of public health emergency, the welfare and safety of both our passengers and personnel must always come first,” Berroya said.

The LRTA appealed to passengers to strictly observe all the COVID-19 protocols, stressing that “the road to beat the virus is a two-way street.”

Passengers are also reminded to always wear face masks and face shields, to be self-aware and socially disciplined, and to adhere to all COVID-19 health and safety measures in place.

Meanwhile, buses are plying Route 9 (Antipolo to Cubao) and Route 10 (Cubao to Doroteo Jose) to augment LRT-2 operations and to help accommodate affected passengers.

The normal LRT-2 operating schedule will resume on May 1, 2021, the LRTA said

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No MRT-3 ops from March 30 to April 4

Robie de Guzman   •   March 16, 2021

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.

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