By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Operations of Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) resumed Monday following its week-long annual general maintenance during the Holy Week.
A total of 16 trains, with a headway time of seven minutes, started servicing commuters on Monday, the MRT-3 management said in an advisory.
In a statement, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said simulation tests were conducted Sunday to inspect the repairs and installations conducted on trains, train tracks, and systems of MRT-3.
A total of 17 trains were fixed by MRT Maintenance Transition Team to ensure that there will be 15 trains and two reserved trains for its daily operations.
On April 15 to 21, the operations of the public rail system in Metro Manila were suspended to make way for its annual general maintenance, affecting thousands of its daily passengers.
To augment the needs of commuters during the shutdown, the DOTr deployed around 300 buses that load and unload passengers at MRT-3 stations from North Avenue to Taft Avenue on April 15 to 17 and April 20 to 21.
In an earlier statement, the DOTr said the rail maintenance works included “replacement of critical turnouts or switches, rail grinding, structural testing, topographic survey, and monitoring plan activities for MRT-3 structures.”
“Preventive and repair activities aim to improve the reliability of the system, which the agency shall implement in parallel with the comprehensive rehabilitation and overhaul of the entire MRT-3 system,” the DOTr said.
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