MRT-3 to resume limited operations on Monday


Posted at Jul 11 2020 07:24 PM

MRT-3 operations will resume on a limited capacity Monday, a week after it was shut down when 281 personnel contracted COVID-19.

Management said it assembled a sufficient number of employees who are "virus free" and could continue operations starting next week.

Front office added that 1,093 MRT-3 depot personnel and 1,010 station personnel have tested negative for COVID-19, as of Saturday, exceeding the 1,308 required personnel to resume train operations on a limited number of train sets.

Those tested positive were MRT-3 depot and station personnel and employees of maintenance provider Sumitomo-MHI-TESP and its subcontractors, and other MRT-3 service providers including ticket sellers.

They are now isolated in government quarantine facilities at the World Trade Center, the Philippine Arena, and at PhilSports Complex.

All MRT-3 facilities including depot, stations and trains were disinfected during the temporary shutdown.

On Monday, the MRT-3 will be dispatching 12 train sets. The first train set will be dispatched at 5:30 a.m. from the North Avenue station to the Taft Avenue station.

In addition, contact tracing will strictly be implemented. Passengers will be required to fill out health declaration forms before boarding the train.

Meanwhile, the MRT-3 Bus Augmentation Program will continue to deploy 90 buses with a 3-minute fixed dispatching interval. 

It will, however, return to normal operating hours, with the first bus departing at 5:30 a.m. and the last bus at 8 p.m. from both the North Avenue and Taft Avenue stations.

In addition, 190 buses are being deployed under the EDSA Busway Service to carry passengers between Monumento and the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx). A mini loop will also run between Timog Avenue. and Ortigas to serve passengers.