Operator eyes extended MRT-3 hours to alleviate traffic

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 19 2019 02:53 PM | Updated as of Sep 19 2019 04:14 PM

MANILA - Transport authorities are looking at extending the operating hours of the MRT-3 to alleviate the worsening traffic in EDSA, its operator said Thursday. 

“One consideration, pinag-aaralan namin ang extension ng oras baka kakailanganin," MRT-3 director Michael Capati said in a press briefing. 

(We are studying the extension of the operating hours if its needed)

In 2018, the management cut operating hours by 30 minutes, starting at 5:30 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. 

At least 13 trains, which run at 30 kph, are running daily lower than the "maximum" 20 trains running at 60 kph, Capati said. 

Capati said there would be no additional trains this holiday season due to the on going rehabilitation even if an increase in commuter numbers is anticipated. 

The operator is also doing its best to integrate the China-made Dalian trains by the end of the month, Capati said. 

"We are doing our best to make sure na ma-set ang Dalian trains, hopefully this month. Kami po ay ready. (We are ready) We already accepted three train sets. We can readily insert as DOTR and Sumitomo agree sa mga kundisyon (with the conditions)," he said. 

Some 300,000 passengers use the MRT-3 line daily based on recent estimates, Capati said. 

-- with a report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News