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.