MRT 3 operations stalled anew

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A broken rail along the southbound route of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 stalled operations Tuesday morning, April 15. 

In a text message, MRT general manager Al Vitangcol III said the MRT 3 rail is not passable from the North Avenue and Quezon Avenue stations, southbound. 

Full operations resumed as of 11:55 am, Vitangcol said in a text message. 

"Provisional service" began at 9:35 am, using 8 trains from Shaw Boulevard Station in Mandaluyong to Taft Station in Pasay City. 

Vitangcol said "intervention is ongoing" without elaborating. Normal operations should resume in two hours' time.

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Periodic shutdown in operations and kilometric lines during rush hour have been hounding the MRT 3, which expects to gain badly-needed additional coaches in the first quarter of 2015.

Such persistent problems have pushed commuter groups to call for Vitangcol's resignation. In a protest rally last week, the Riles Network  accused Vitangcol of prioritizing "corruption" over doing his job right.

Vitangcol was also accused of extorting money from a prospective MRT 3 bidder, but has consistently denied the allegations.

The MRT chief had earlier said that he would voluntarily resign from his post only after he is cleared of any wrongdoing. –