Tough luck if you were hoping for a normalization to trai- line operations following the 2021 Holy Week break: The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that the MRT-3, the LRT-1, and the LRT-2 will continue operating at a limited capacity, and that PNR operations will remain suspended until later this week.
In a statement, the agency said that the MRT-3 will deploy 10 to 12 trains under limited operations, with buses serving to assist passengers via the EDSA Carousel. Under this scheme, only a maximum of 124 passengers per train car is permitted.
The LRT-2, meanwhile, will deploy only five trains, and the LRT-1 will have 17 trains up and running. Both rail lines will be assisted by buses plying their respective routes, too.
Finally, the PNR will resume trips on Friday, April 9, with 10 to 12 trains operational. Look:
These updates come as rail lines continue to deal with COVID-19 cases among its ranks. DOTr head Arthur Tugade has ordered that all train-line personnel with pending COVID-19 test results shall be barred from entering rail facilities. The same goes for close contacts identified via contact tracing.
“We should not compromise the health, safety, and security of the traveling public and our working people. That is a nonnegotiable position,” Tugade said in a statement.
If you’re not able to work from home and must head out to make a living, remember to mask up, practice social distancing, and follow all the health protocols to stay safe on board public transportation.