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MRT-3 stops 24-hour run

But will run until midnight

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:21:00 06/03/2009

Filed Under: Road Transport, Consumer Issues

MANILA, Philippines ? The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) on EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue) will stop its 24-hour operation on Wednesday, after just two days of implementing the scheme to service commuters working on the graveyard shift, a spokesperson for the rail system said.

But the MRT-3 will be on extended operations. The last south-bound train will leave the North Avenue station at 12:10 a.m., while the last north-bound train will leave the Taft Avenue station at 12:30 a.m., said Lysa Blancaflor, MRT-3 public information officer.

Train operations will start earlier, at 4 a.m., Blancalor said.

There will be a 30-minute interval between trains between 11 p.m. to 1 p.m. as only two trains per lane will run on those times, Blancaflor said.

Before the 24-hour scheme started last Monday, the MRT-3 operated from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

?We also do not want to compromise the safety of our passengers because in our 24-hour operations, there was no maintenance period for our train tracks,? Blancaflor said.

The MRT-3 management reported around 6,000 passengers per night in its two-day 24-hour run. The majority of the passengers came between 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., most of whom were employees of call centers.



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