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MRT-3 resumes Monday




MRT-3 trains are disinfected at the end of each loop, both in North Avenue and Taft Avenue stations. (Photo: DOTR-MRT3)

Metro Rail Transit-3 operation will resume Monday, 13 July 2020, as management has determined there will be a sufficient number of employees free of the coronavirus disease 2019.

MRT-3, still on a limited capacity, will dispatch 12 train sets. The first train set will leave at 5:30 a.m. from the North Avenue, Quezon City station to the Taft Avenue station in Pasay.

As of Friday, 11 July, a total of 1,093 MRT-3 depot personnel and 1,010 station personnel tested negative for COVID-19. The number is more than the 1,308 number of personnel required to resume operations on a limited number of train sets.

Among the 281 MRT-3 personnel who have contracted COVID-19 were depot and station personnel and employees of maintenance provider Sumitomo-MHI-TESP and its subcontractors, and other MRT-3 service providers.

They are now isolated in government quarantine facilities World Trade Center, Philippine Arena and PhilSports Arena.

Contact tracing will be strictly implemented with passengers to fill up health declaration forms before boarding riding the train.

The five-day shutdown started 6 July that allowed the swab testing of all MRT-3 personnel, including those of its maintenance provider and subcontractors.

Thorough disinfection of all MRT-3 facilities was likewise conducted, including depot, stations and trains.

All depot and station personnel will continue to wear full personal protective equipment, including face masks, face shields, gowns and gloves, in order to intensify the protection being given to MRT-3 commuters and employees.

The MRT-3 also ramped up its health and safety measures by implementing the five-minute disinfection hustle on its trains every half loop (end stations in North Avenue and Taft Avenue).

Personnel health check and monitoring are also observed, with employees required to submit health declaration forms twice a day.

Meanwhile, the MRT-3 Bus Augmentation Program will continue with 90 buses with a three-minute fixed dispatching interval. The first bus will depart at 5:30 a.m. and the last bus at 8 p.m. from both North and Taft Avenue stations.

In addition, 190 buses are deployed under the EDSA Busway Service to carry passengers between Monumento and the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange.

A mini loop will also run between Timog and Ortigas Avenues to serve passengers. Shuttle services and mini buses running in the mini loop will be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at the curbside.