MRT deploys record-high 21 trains
With more trains, MRT-3 operations director Michael Capati said commuters could expect shorter waiting time intervals and increased rider capacity.
Miguel De Guzman, file
MRT deploys record-high 21 trains
Neil Jayson Servallos (The Philippine Star) - September 18, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — For the first time in its 20 years of operation, the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) deployed yesterday a record-high 21 trains as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) decided to keep the one-meter distance rule in public transport.

With more trains, MRT-3 operations director Michael Capati said commuters could expect shorter waiting time intervals and increased rider capacity.

“This is a product of the DOTr and MRT-3’s collaboration to improve the rail line’s service for the riding public. We want to keep our commitment to provide passengers with the best service they can experience. As Transportation Secretary (Arthur) Tugade says, we owe it to our passengers,” Capati said in a statement.

The MRT-3, which is undergoing rehabilitation for rail replacement, remains one of the most vital modes of transportation in Metro Manila. It caters to more than 300,000 passengers daily before the pandemic.

The number of commuters allowed on the trains has significantly decreased due to limited capacity in public transportation as a measure against coronavirus infections.

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