DOTr studying proposal to extend MRT operating hours

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by Drei Laurel | Jan 25, 2019
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Ever find yourself missing the Metro Rail Transit’s (MRT) last trip of the day? Hassle, right? Well, if the Department of Transportation (DOTr) approves the proposal to extend the MRT’s operating hours, this might soon become a thing of the past.

In a statement released on the official DOTr MRT-3 Facebook page yesterday, the agency said it was looking into extending the train line’s operations by two hours given changes in the MRT’s ridership. The statement added, however, that this will entail higher electricity costs and require MRT personnel to clock in additional hours.

What’s more, the DOTr says such a plan would need to take into account the age of the line’s trains.

“Please note that while we echo our pledge of providing a quality, fast, and reliable service to our commuters, we also need to consider that our two-decade-old trains need to have sufficient time for preventive maintenance works,” the statement reads.

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“In fact, it will soon undergo extensive rehabilitation and maintenance to be conducted by Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.”

The two-decade-old units’ preventive maintenance has already been squeezed into just four hours, the agency says. It also stressed that these measures ensure the trains run smoothly, and help keep rides safe and reliable for passengers.

The MRT’s current operating schedule is 5:30 am to 10:30pm. Do you hope the service extends its operating hours?

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