Metro Manila trains ship 12.3M riders from June to August
By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz
LRT 1 station (File photo)
MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Amid the quarantine restrictions imposed to contain the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), all four rail transport services in Metro Manila have transported a total of 12,305,066 commuters from June 1 to August 31, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) reported on Thursday.
In a Facebook post, the DOTr said the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) has carried 6,289,228 passengers followed by the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) with 3,239,501, the LRT-2 with 1,836,490; and the Philippine National Railways with 939,847.
“Please note that MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine) was enforced in Metro Manila (no railway operations) from August 4 – 18 and that MRT-3 temporarily suspended operations from July 7-12,” the DOTr said.
It said all four rail lines operated at limited capacity during the period to allow for the strict implementation of physical distancing and other health and sanitary measures.
According to DOTr data, the LRT-1 logged an average daily ridership of 81,678 from June to August of this year, way below its previous average of about 500,000 passengers per day before the onset of the pandemic.
The LRT-2 recorded an average daily ridership of 23,850, compared to the 186,108 average before the health crisis.
Taking into consideration the suspended operations of the MRT-3 from July 7 to 12 in addition to the MECQ, the MRT-3 had a daily average ridership of 45,626, compared to the previous average daily 280,000 passengers.
The PNR’s daily average ridership also dropped to 12,206 from previous 75,000.
Amid the limited public transportation, the DOTr has been providing “Free Ride for Health Workers Program” for medical front-liners.
As of September 2, the DOTr has provided free transportation to 1,576,888 commuters under the program.
Most public transportation has resumed in Metro Manila which is still under general community quarantine that has been extended up to September 30. (PNA)