Shorter MRT3 hours on Sunday
Shorter MRT3 hours on Sunday
The shorter operating hours will give way to rail replacement work, started last month

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) will shorten its operating hours again on Sunday, March 22, for the continuation of rail repair works.

The first train from North Avenue will leave at 10 am. The last train will depart at 10 pm.

From Taft Avenue station, the first train will depart at 10:40 am and the last train at 10:40 pm.

The shorter operating hours will give way to the rail replacement work started by the MRT3 management last month.

MRT3 general manager Roman Buenafe earlier blamed worn-out rails as one of the reasons behind the frequent glitches of the mass transit line, which carries more than 600,000 passengers daily.

The MRT also shortened operating hours last February 28 to March 1 for rail replacement work.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is scheduled to receive 7,296 meters of brand new steel rails in June to be used for further rail replacement works later this year.

The agency has awarded on January 29 a P61.50-million ($1.40-million) contract to the Jorgman-Daewoo-MBTech joint venture for the supply of 608 pieces of 12-meter steel rails for MRT3.

The joint venture is composed of Jorgman Planning & Development Corporation, Korea’s Daewoo Group, and MBTech Group of Germany. –

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