We have some good news and bad news for commuters today.
Good news? The MRT-3 has begun accepting more passengers after operating at a significantly reduced capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bad news? The MRT-3 has begun accepting more passengers despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Well, we guess it’s good or bad depending on how you look at it.
Anyway, MRT-3 management has increased passenger capacity per train set from 13% to 30%. That’s from 51 passengers per train car to 124, so expect to see more people on board from now on. You can check out images from the MRT-3’s first day of increased passenger capacity in the Facebook post below:
MRT-3 management is also reminding everyone to adhere to the ‘seven commandments’ of commuting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here they are below:
- Passengers must wear a face mask and face shield.
- No talking to fellow passengers or on your phone.
- No eating or drinking during trips.
- Maintain proper ventilation inside public utility vehicles (PUV).
- Always conduct disinfection of PUVs.
- People who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted on public transportation.
- Always observe physical distancing (at least one seat apart).
This comes less than a week after President Rodrigo Duterte approved a ‘one seat apart’ policy on board public modes of transportation. Prior to this, commuters were required to be at least one meter apart during trips. So, will you be taking the train again?