Metro Manila’s train lines are definitely up and running. Statistics recently released by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) show ridership is nowhere near the usual numbers, but the MRT-3, LRT-1, LRT-2, and PNR are operational. Hey, baby steps, right?
According to data gathered by the DOTr over the past few months, a total of 12,305,066 commuters have taken the trains since Metro Manila shifted back to general community quarantine (GCQ) back in June. That period includes a quick two-week public transportation ban after a return to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in early August, as well as a short stoppage in MRT-3 trips after the spread of COVID-19 among train line personnel.
Here’s a breakdown of train ridership since June 1, 2020:
1) LRT-1 – 6,289,228
2) LRT-2 – 1,836,490
3) MRT-3 – 3,239,501
4) PNR – 939,847
Currently, the LRT-1 has 24 train sets up and running during peak hours and 18 train sets during off-peak hours. The LRT-2, MRT-3, and PNR, meanwhile, have 5, 18, and 10 train sets in operation, respectively.
“Beginning June 1, when the National Capital Region (NCR) was placed under GCQ, all four rail lines of the DOTr resumed operations with limited capacity while strictly implementing social distancing, as well as health and sanitary measures, in adherence to the IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force] guidelines, and following the partial, gradual and calibrated approach,” the DOTr said in a statement.
Even with numerous health protocols in place (such as the mandatory use of face masks and face shields), the continued train line operations help bring some semblance of normalcy to a public transportation system that has been ravaged by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important to remind everyone, though, to stay put at home unless absolutely necessary.
Again, we’re nowhere near being in the clear yet, so stay safe out there. Have you taken the train since Metro Manila returned to GCQ?