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It’s Christmas and MRT still breaks down

By: - Reporter / @jovicyeeINQ
/ 06:16 PM December 25, 2017
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MRT-3 (File photo from Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) just can’t seem to have a break, even during the Christmas season, as it broke down twice during the holiday.

Despite the low number of passengers on Christmas Day, a southbound train was forced to unload around 205 passengers at the Quezon Avenue station at 4:33 p.m. due to door failure.

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In an advisory, the MRT-3 management said that a cause for a train door to fail is stress in its components. This may be due to a passenger’s leaning on the door or forcing it open.

The unloading incident come just a day after a southbound train also unloaded around 240 passengers before it left the North Avenue station at around 6:16 p.m. on Sunday. The MRT-3 management said that the train had a broken public address system, which is used by the driver to communicate with the passengers.

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In both incidents, passengers were transferred to the next train in around four minutes.

Since Monday, the MRT-3 encountered 10 unloading incidents due to various technical problems.

Earlier, the MRT-3 shortened its operating hours for the holidays due to the expected low number of passengers. On Christmas Day, train operations will end at 9:50 p.m.

On Dec. 30, Rizal Day, the MRT 3 will start operations earlier than usual at the North Avenue station at 4:45 a.m., with the last one leaving Taft Avenue at 9:50 p.m. On New Year’s Eve, the first train will leave North Avenue station at 4:45 a.m. The last train for the day will leave Taft Avenue station at 8:26 p.m.

On New Year’s Day, train operations will start at 6:30 a.m. and end at 9:50 p.m.

Following repeated breakdowns and glitches plaguing the country’s main train system, the MRT-3 earlier shortened its operations by an hour. Instead of 5 a.m., it starts operating at 5:30 a.m. Operations also cease at 10:30 p.m. instead of 11 p.m.

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