Wednesday, February 25, 2015

MRT3 operates shorter hours this weekend

The Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) will shorten its operating hours on February 28 and March 1 to start replacing its worn-out railroad tracks.

MRT general manager Roman Buenafe said the train line's operating hours will end at 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, and will resume 12 noon the next day.

MRT normally operates from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.

Buenafe said the weekend work will be the first rail replacement project of the MRT. The 150 meters of railroad tracks in between Magallanes Station and Taft Avenue station will be replaced while the railway line is out of service.

"Rail repairs had been done before but not to this extent," he said.

He also said he will have to conduct time and motion studies, and consult with his team for the schedule of succeeding rail replacement works.

"Hopefully by next week I can go back to my team and assess how long it will take for us to replace rails of this magnitude. So if you'll ask me how long this replacement works will take, I cannot answer that right now," Buenafe was quoted in a report from GMA News.

It was August last year when an MRT train was derailed at Taft Avenue station in Pasay City, hurting dozens of passengers.

[photo: GMA News]

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