MRT operations back to normal

Jerald Uy
Operations return to normal around 5 pm

STRANDED. MRT commuters in Guadalupe, Makati. Photo by Jerald Uy

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – An electricity glitch forced the Metro Rail Transit management to suspend its operations for both northbound and southbound lanes from Taft Avenue to Boni Avenue Station around 3 pm Tuesday, March 19.

After close to two hours, or about 4:45 pm, MRT authorities said it’s been fixed. They announced at 5 pm that operations are now back to normal.

“An electricity cable of Meralco came in contact with the MRT OCS (Overhead Catenary System), causing power disruption on MRT NB (Northbound lane). Meralco engineers now on site,” the the Department of Transportation and Communications tweeted.

The OCS or the Overhead Catenary System is what transmits electricity to trains. The problem with the power supply prevented trains from turning around.

At MRT Guadalupe station, passengers with single journey cards were given refund tickets they could use within 3 days. Those who had stored value cards had to give up their tickets. They received cash refund of the amount of credit left in their cards. 

MRT operations are normal from Shaw Boulevard Station to North Avenue Station. Still, netizens were not at all amused by the MRT breaking down again.

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