MRT-3 ops suspended for 4 weekends in July-Sept for rail works

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 23 2020 07:31 AM | Updated as of Jun 23 2020 11:34 AM

A worker in personal protective equipment disinfects the hand rails on a train, on the first day of train operations since the lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease over 2 months ago, in Manila, June 1, 2020. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

MANILA - The operations of the MRT-3 will be suspended for 4 weekends between July and September to fast-track the replacement of its rails that will push up the running speed of trains, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Tuesday. 

The capital's busiest railway will be closed on the following dates, the DOTr said on Twitter: 

‪July 4 and 5; 
‪Aug. 8 and 9; ‬
‪Aug. 21 and 23; and
‪Sept. 12 and 13.‬

The rail replacement could increase the MRT's running speed to 60 kilometers per hour, which will cut waiting time between trains to 3.5 minutes from 8.5 minutes, the DOTr earlier said. 

The MRT reopened last June 1 after a nearly 80-day shutdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic. 

— With a report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News