Brake glitch bugs MRT3 rush hour operation

Rappler.com
Brake glitch bugs MRT3 rush hour operation

Mark Z. Saludes

(2nd UPDATE) A glitch in the track brakes limits MRT3 operations to just the Shaw to Taft route, and vice versa, for around two hours

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Operations of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT3) were disrupted early Thursday, April 30.

For around two hours during rush hour, the MRT3 operated only between Shaw Blvd station to Taft station and vice versa, and did not serve stations from North Avenue to Ortigas.

Television footage as of 6:30 am showed dismayed passengers leaving the North Avenue station to look for buses along EDSA.

The cause of the disruption was a train that suddenly stopped while traveling between the Kamuning and Cubao stations.

MRT general manager Roman Buenafe said in an interview on ANC that initial reports pointed to a problem with the track brakes.

“We’re still investigating the cause of the glitch or the incident. The initial report I gathered was because of the track brake deployed and could not be overridden manually from its deployment,” Buenafe said.

As of 8:30 am, MRT3 operations were back to normal.

The incident came a day after a Philippine National Railways (PNR) train derailed in the Magallanes area.

The latest MRT disruption came more than a week after the mass transit line encountered technical difficulties, forcing only 5 trains to run and affecting at least 10,000 passengers. – Rappler.com

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