Metro trains resume service; no damage from ‘Ulysses’
By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz
TRAINS RESUME OPS. Passengers wait to board a train of the MRT-3 on Friday (Nov. 13, 2020). Aside from the MRT-3, the LRT 1 and 2, and the Philippine National Railways have all returned to regular operation. (Photo courtesy of MRT-3)
MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – All train services in Metro Manila resumed Friday after systems checks had been completed and safety assured after the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
In a Facebook post, the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) said its rail service has returned to its normal schedule – the first trip out of North Avenue Station is at 4:37 a.m. and the last trip at 9:30 p.m. while the first trip out of Taft Avenue Station is at 5:17 a.m. and the last trip at 10:10 p.m.
“A full systems check was conducted on the mainline, where all operational systems of the MRT-3, such as tracks, overhead catenary system power, signaling, communications, building, facilities, and rolling stocks were found to be functional and in good condition,” the MRT-3 said.
It noted that its trains are running at 50 kph with a maximum capacity of 352 passengers per train set, or 124 passengers per train car.
The Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), operator and maintenance provider of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), said its train service has also resumed its normal schedule from its Baclaran to Balintawak Stations.
“LRMC has already finished clearing the line and doing the rounds to check station facilities, tracks, and ensure that LRT-1 can operate safely for commuters,” it said.
Lawyer Hernando Cabrera, spokesperson for the Light Rail Transit Authority – operator and maintenance provider of LRT Line 2 – said the rail service has also resumed regular operation after completing systems check.
“Based (on) latest report from LRT-2 Control Center, wala naman nasira sa facilities and systems. Cleared na rin revenue tracks from obstructions (there was no damage found in the train facilities and systems. All revenue tracks have also been cleared from obstructions),” Cabrera said.
The Philippine National Railways (PNR) has also resumed service after its engineering team completed a safety inspection.
All train services in Metro Manila were suspended starting Wednesday evening due to severe flooding and inclement weather brought by “Ulysses”. (PNA)