MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has ordered the early dispatch of bus augmentation service at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) starting Thursday (July 9).
This is in response to the call of commuters affected by the temporary shutdown of the train service.
As ordered by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, the bus augmentation service will begin deployment of units at 4:00AM from the previous schedule of 5:30AM.
“Alinsunod po sa direktiba ni Secretary Tugade, kinausap po natin iyong bus company at nakuha po natin ang kanilang commitment na mag-start ng bus dispatching ng alas-kwatro ng madaling araw simula July 9. Para sa mga commuter ito. Para sa bayan,” said MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael J. Capati.
The adjustment is to minimize the queue of commuters at designated stations especially during morning rush hour.
Also, Tugade instructed the MRT-3 management to strictly follow the three-minute regular dispatch system of bus units.
The temporary shutdown of MRT-3 service has been ordered to give way to the mass RT-PCR [swab] testing among employees and personnel which includes maintenance workers and subcontractors to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Based on the latest record of the DOTr, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among MRT-3 personnel is at 202.
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