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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.

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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.

{GMA News Online, Balita.ph}

Update: The shortened MRT hours will start this weekend, February 28, according to an Inquirer report.



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7 Responses

  1. djtron99 says:

    Instead of increasing number of train tips to increase profit and commuter’s convenience, now they are increasing train downtime. I have some suugestions and hopefully DOTC will notice these:
    1. The govt should run MRT, this way, it will service oriented and not profit oriented.
    2. OR, a PPP or sole private company, in which procurement, maintenance and operations will be handled by one company in long term contract. Definitely not on monthly contractual companies as this will create problem on long lead procurement maintenance items.
    3. Maintenance will be done after midnight
    midnight.
    4. Generate revenues on ads and retail/commercial development.
    5. Implement a much efficient prepaid card system (discounts) and increase ticketing machines.
    6. Every station should have bus stops or terminals, working escalators, elevators and toilets for convenience of passengers.

    Once, we develop more train lines and improve train services and increase infrastructure development, people will patronage more our train system and rely less on private cars and other modes of transport. Private sector can also benefit from this, as it will lessen travel time for delivery of goods and services.

    • diego delos santos says:

      in theory maganda pakinggan yan.pero iba ang realidad at politika. ilan na ba presidente ang nagdaan at iilan lang sa kanila ang me pakialam sa mrt/lrt na brainchild ng marcos regime. si Gloria at fvr nag dagdag ng mga linya. si p’noy na ata ang pinaka tangang president na dumaan sa atin. wala syang paki alam sa mrt/lrt pati na din sa mga importanteng bagay sa gobyerno. kupal si p’noy negosyo ng mga intsik ang inasikaso nila simula ke cory. si pnoy me sub human intellect yan. lahi nila yan. sya kaya pasakayin mo and the rest of his cabinet members ng rush hour para malaman nila kung gaano kahirap sumakay sa mrt na dapat nyang ayusin. di pa kasama dito ang padating na mga brown outs this summer na matagal na sinasabi sa kanya pero wala sya paki alam. ang hilig nyong kasing bumoto sa mga media hype lang ang talent. walang tigil na pgtaas bilihin at criminalidad at kung ano ano pang problema na lagi nyang pinapasa sa nakaraang regime. matatapos na term nya wala man lang syang solid na nagawa. mas bobo pa sya ke bush jr.

    • wew says:

      Tama, wala talagang naidudulot na maganda ang privatization. Ginigisa lang tayo sa sarili nating mantika.

      Ang paraan na lang na naiisip ko ay ang pagenforce ng “commute day” para sa mga pulitiko. Pwedeng 2 araw kada linggo, pwedeng Wednesday at Friday. Kung mararanasan nila ang hirap ng mga commuters, I’m sure may gagalaw kaagad diyan. Isang halimbawa na noong naipit sa traffic si Drilon sa expressway months ago, nagpatawag kaagad ng probe sa senate after. Ang resulta? Magmemerge na ang ilang mga expressways na isang ticket na lang ang gagamitin para mas mabilis. Ambilis talaga nila umaksyon pag sila ang nakararanas.

  2. djtron99 says:

    Oh I forgot, implement a hefty fine on the operator if there are downtime on train service.

    • gadgeteer says:

      actually, kahit hindi ako sumasakay sa mrt sasagutin ko yang mungkahi mo. madalas ako mag travel and nakikita ko ang systema sa ibang bansa na dapat ipareho dito para mas maging efficient ang ito, pero sad to say, puro corrupt ang namumuno dito kaya walang saysay ang kinakalabasan.
      1. hindi papayag ang head ng mrt/lrt na sila ang magpatakbo ng maintenance dahil mawawalan sila ng cut, isipin mo billion ang ginagastos yearly sa maintenance.
      2. this is being done right now, however, this is contradicting to suggestion number 1, Im also not in favor of a third party maintenance provider, bec like all business they are profit oriented.
      3. right, maintenance abroad is being done midnight to early morning, with the help of hitech gadgets like xray machines to detect cracks in the tracks before they break. kung 3rd party maintenance co ka, hindi ka bibili nito kasi mahal at gusto mo kumita ng mas malaki dahil minus pa dito ang lagay sa hepe ng mrt.
      4. this is being done right now, however, hindi na matukoy ng coa kung saan napunta ang kinita ng ads, kasi lugi pa din daw.
      5. na bid na ata ito, si ayala ang nanalo.
      6. hindi mangyayari ito kasi sa dami ng corruption mas inuuna pa ang bulsa nila kaysa sa ipagagawa nitong mga improvements.
      7. sa pagka alam ko walang may gusto sumali sa maintenance bidding ng mrt kasi pede pag initan ng admin ang mananalo na hindi pabor sa hepe at maaring lang ito malugi ng malaki sa mga penalties.
      sa hk china france sg kumikita ang mga metro train nila despite mas kakaunti ang sumasakay dito(except china) compared sa atin, at mas mabilis at maganda pa ang facilities at trains nila. pero dahil sa red tape sa atin, hindi kumikita!

    • diego delos santos says:

      tyo po ang model ng mga ibang Asian countries pagdating sa mrt/lrt excecpt japan. ginaya tyo ng Singapore kasi mag best ung mga leader natin noon with other Asian countries. talagang unorganized corruption ang nangyari after the edsa revolution. up to now nabubuhay sa panaginip si p’noy sa matuwid na daan.

  3. 1cho says:

    I wish they could bring back the ticketing machines coz, take a look at our neighbor Malaysia, they’re all automated na

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