MRT-3 Weekend Operating Hours to be Shortened
In light of recent glitches that have plagued the train system, the EDSA-situated MRT-3 may have its weekend operating hours shortened to give way to railroad repairs.
According to reports from GMA News Online and Balita.ph, MRT general manager Ramon Buenafe said that the rails will be more efficient and improvements can be seen once the repairs have been completed, and the speed limit can be raised once again to 65kph. Defective railroad tracks are seen as the one of the primary causes of glitches in the train lines; thus, the MRT-3 management sees the railroad replacement a top priority.
The new weekend schedule will see the last Saturday trip to be at 9:00 PM, and operations will resume at 12:00 noon the following day (Sunday). Between this time, MRT-3 Management and its maintenance provider are to work on repairing the six-kilometer critical stretch of railroad tracks.
While the weekend time frame had already been announced, there is no definite schedule for the commencement of the repair work because the government has yet to receive the supply of additional welding kits from abroad, which was supposed to be delivered yesterday.
In addition to the railroad track repairs, hand straps shall be increased and will be installed to all capable trains.
In recent days, the MRT-3 suffered operational glitches that injured at least three people. It is also noted that the line has almost half of its trains out of operation, with only 12 of 18 currently working.
Update: The shortened MRT hours will start this weekend, February 28, according to an Inquirer report.