As you may have heard by now, several train lines in the metro will be temporarily halting operations to undergo maintenance this Holy Week, and that includes the MRT-3. That means for almost a week, the high-traffic rail line along EDSA will be unavailable for use.
The temporary shutdown may be a bit long, but most of us should be staying at home this Semana Santa, anyway. However, that’s not the case for everyone. There are still a lot of commuters in the capital, such as our frontliners, who will be needing transportation during that period. Luckily, there will be an alternative means of mobility.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has just announced that it will roll out its EDSA Carousel Bus Augmentation this Holy Week in order to provide essential workers with additional means to go around the city. A number of public utility buses will be deployed along the EDSA Busway and will cover the same route that the MRT-3’s.
MRT-3 director for operations Michael Capati has assured the public that there will be enough buses for all commuters who will be needing transportation during this period. These PUBs will be traversing the thoroughfare from 5am to 10pm daily on the week of March 30 to April 4.
The MRT-3 management’s statement reads: “Ipatutupad ang tigil-operasyon sa buong linya ng MRT-3 upang magbigay-daan sa taunang masinsinang maintenance rehabilitation activities ng rail line. Kabilang sa mga aktibidad na ito ang pagpapalit ng mga turnouts, paglalagay ng mga point machine, at pagkakabit at realignment ng mga CCTV units sa mga istasyon ng linya.”
The MRT-3 will be resuming operations on Monday, April 5.
Be advised, readers. Likewise, if you know of any essential workers who will be needing transportation on Holy Week, we suggest you share with them this information, too.