GMA Reporter Bernadette Reyes: Friday rush hour but no lines at MRT3

GMA Senior Correspondent Bernadette Reyes posted on her Twitter Account an image showing the glory of almost ‘ZERO’ traffic along EDSA North Avenue at around 6:00am on an unlikely anticipated Friday Madness.

Reyes’s post also connoted ‘ZERO’ queue at Special Trip Bus to accommodate ‘supposed’ additional MRT passengers south-bound since MRT North Avenue Station was not flooded by people usually lining up on rush hour period.

At that moment, Reyes said that thirteen serviceable trains with a 6 to 7 - minute gap managed to transport enough MRT patrons to their destinations.

"LOOK: Friday rush hour but no lines at MRT3, no queue at special trip bus, fast moving traffic along EDSA North Ave. As of posting 13 trains are running with headway of 6 to 7 minutes @gmanews @gmanewsbreaking #DOTrPH #MRT #traffic #rushhour" Reyes posted in Twitter.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced earlier that it managed to refurbish 15 train sets, 2 spare cars, and repair wayside signaling components used in detecting incoming trains to avoid imminent collision over the holy week on MRT-3’s annual maintenance schedule this year.

DOTr also boasts an additional 5 more trains that is being ‘resurrected’ to serve the main line. 

Currently, there are 15 trains running back and forth the service line to partially address the problem of long queues.

Recently DOTr and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) already conducted a technical discussion to address the needed rehabilitation of the MRT-3 back to its ‘original condition’ expected to take up to 26 months.

According to DOTr – MRT- 3 Twitter post, “This will cover MRT-3’s trains, power supply system, overhead catenary system, radio system, CCTV system, PABX, public address system, signaling system, rail tracks, elevators, escalators, road rail vehicles, depot equipment, and other station building equipment.”

JICA is a governmental agency involved with official development assistance program in behalf of Japan focused with assisting economic and social growth in developing countries, such as the Philippines.


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