MRT-3 to perform thorough inspections and run fewer trains for 4 days

Longer lines and waiting time are expected at the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) as lesser trains will be operational over the next four days, especially during peak hours, to give way to a “thorough inspection” of the fleet after one of the trains encountered a technical problem Tuesday evening.

MRT-3 director for operations, Deo Manalo said that to ensure the safety of passengers, MRT rolled down from 20 to 15 sets of trains starting 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 that will also be running at a slower speed of 20 kilometers per hour from 40 kph.

Furthermore, the director for operations said that they saw the need to have a systematic check of the entire MRT-3 fleet after the axle of the bogey system found under the train driver’s coach broke which forced the MRT-3 to unload passengers at the Santolan station at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday.

Due to the operation disruption, Manalo asked for the public’s understanding and patience, thus, advised the public to either take the MRT earlier or later than usual to avoid being inconvenience.

The director assures that if their maintenance provider, Busan Universal Rail Inc., could complete the check before Monday, the train’s regular schedule would resume immediately.

SOURCE: [Inquirer | InterAksyon | PhilStar]

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