Rail lines set to gradually increase passenger capacity, DOTr says
This file photo by the STAR shows the Metro Rail Transit Line 3.
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Rail lines set to gradually increase passenger capacity, DOTr says
Franco Luna (Philstar.com) - October 18, 2020 - 5:33pm

MANILA, Philippines — Starting Monday, all four of Metro Manila's rail lines will be gradually increasing the maximum passenger capacity of their trains to accommodate more commuters, transportation secretary Arthur Tugade said Sunday. 

In a statement sent to reporters Sunday afternoon, the Department of Transportation disclosed that the Metro Rail Transit Line-3, Light Rail Transit Line-2, Light Rail Transit Line-1, and the Philippine National Railways will increase their respective maximum passenger capacities to 30%, and later 50%.

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte and the entire Cabinet voted to approve the transportations recommendations of the economic development council, which also include a "one-seat apart" rule on public transportation, the use of service contracting to expand bus and jeep capacity, the expansion of rail capacity to 30 to 50%, and the expansion of provincial buses, motorcycle taxis, shuttles and transport network vehicle services.

As it stands, the current maximum passenger capacity of these railway lines ranges from 13% to 18%. 

According to DOTr data requested by Philstar.com earlier, passenger averages over the initial general community quarantine period were 43,341 during weekdays and 33,570 during weekends.

The MRT-3 will be increasing its train capacity initially to 30% with 372 passengers per train set, from the current reduced capacity of 13% with 153 passengers per train set. Once the 50% increased capacity is implemented, the MRT-3 will be able to cater to 591 passengers per train set.

The LRT-1 line will also be increasing its passenger capacity to 30% and expect that its trains will accommodate 370 passengers per train set, and later, 620 passengers once it increases to 50%.

For the LRT-2, trains will be able to accommodate 486 passengers per train set at 30% capacity, up until 814 at 50% capacity.

The PNR will be implementing an increase to 30% in the capacity of each of the rail line's train models, after which it will be able to accommodate: 

  • 179 passengers per train set for the DMU ROTEM model
  • 167 passengers per train set for the DMU 8000;
  • 228 passengers per train set for the DMU 8100;
  • and 302 passengers per train set for the EMU model. 

Once the 50% capacity is implemented, the PNR will be able to serve an average of 259 passengers per train set. 

In preparation for the implementation of the increased capacity, social distancing marks inside trains are being adjusted for passengers, the department also said in its statement. Train marshals will also be deployed in stations and inside the trains to ensure the compliance of passengers.

Tugade added that the railway sector was reminded to implement the department's thrust of adding PUV, routes, trains, increasing speed and capacity, then reducing travel time and headway. 

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During the lifting of enhanced community quarantine in June, the rail lines were able to accommodate:

  • LRT-1: 43 per train car, 158 per train set, or only 12% of its capacity
  • LRT-2: 40 per train car, 160 per train set, or only 10% of its capacity
  • MRT-3: 51 per train car, 153 per train set, or only 13% of its capacity
  • PNR: 148 average persons per train car or 20% capacity on average


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LATEST UPDATE: October 23, 2020 - 7:38am

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October 23, 2020 - 7:38am

The Manila city government and Quiapo Church have agreed to cancel the grand procession of the image of the Black Nazarene in January 2021 in light of the pandemic.

It is the first time that the procession for the image of the Black Nazarene, where millions of barefoot devotees take part yearly.

Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso says in a statement that public health protocol must prevail over religious traditions because of the threat posed by COVID-19. 

"Nakikisuyo po ako, iwasan po muna natin ang mga parada at prusisyon ngayong may pandemya dulot ng sakit na COVID-19. Maaari pong mapahamak ang ating mga deboto, mailagay sila sa alanganin," Domagoso says.

(I am asking that we avoid parades and processions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our devotees might get sick, they will be at risk) 

October 19, 2020 - 8:55am

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno will raise the capacity at churches and other places of worship to 30% from 10% of seating capacity.

Moreno says in a report by Super Radyo dzBB, the increased seating capacity "on the premise that the leaders of the chruch will continue to practice simple protocol under the IATF rules."

October 8, 2020 - 2:33pm

The city of Manila  prohibits the use of karaokes, videokes and other sound-producing devices that may disturb the community from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

The city council released the ordinance to support students studying from home.

Violators will be fined P1,000 for first offense, P2,000 for second offense and P3,000 for the third and succeeding offenses.

October 7, 2020 - 1:46pm

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has ordered the removal of fees from Automated Fare Collection System cards.

This comes within days of the Department of Transportation ordering the "No Beep card, no ride" policy on the EDSA Busway over the collection of P80 per card by service provider AF Payments Inc.

AF Payments had said the cards were being sold for zero profit and were partially subsidized.

The LTFRB says commuters will only have to pay for their fare and not the reloadable cards.

October 6, 2020 - 12:00pm

AF Payments Inc. will give away 125,000 Beep cards to the public for free, ONE News reports.

This comes after the Department of Transportation threatened to suspend the use of Beep cards on the EDSA Busway over an 80-peso fee that AFPI collects for the cards.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said the cards should be free.

ONE News reports said the cost of the cards, which AF Payments last week said is sold at zero profit and is already partially subsidized, will be shouldered by its shareholders "as well as donations from Ayala Infrastructure's various business groups." 

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