MANILA, Philippines — After one week of suspension, the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) resumed operations on Monday (July 13) with a limited number of personnel and train sets.
According to the MRT management, a total of 1,093 depot personnel and 1,010 station personnel have tested negative for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the recent testings which exceed the 1,308 number of personnel required to resume operations.
With only 12 train sets operating, the first train set will be dispatched at 5:30 AM from the North Avenue station to the Taft Avenue station and the last trip will be at 9:10 PM.
Meanwhile, the MRT-3 bus augmentation program will continue with a three-minute fixed dispatching interval.
It will however return to normal operating hours, with the first bus departing at 5:30 AM and the last bus at 8:00 PM from both the North Avenue and Taft Avenue stations.
Before boarding, passengers will be required to fill out a form needed for the contact tracing.
“Ang huling information na ilalagay nila ang thermal scanning kung ilang temperature iyan, Wala ring contact sa empleyado dahil merong drop box,” noted Engr. Michael Capati, Director for Operations of MRT-3.
(The last information that they will provide will be the temperature from the thermal scanning. There will be no contact with employees because there’s a drop box [for the forms].)
It will be recalled that a temporary shutdown of the line’s operation was implemented starting July 6, to allow the RT-PCR (swabbing) test of all MRT-3 personnel, including those of its maintenance provider and subcontractors.
This is to prevent the further spread of the disease, and, most importantly, to protect the health and safety of both its personnel and commuters.
As of July 12, a total of 281 personnel have contracted COVID-19 and have now been isolated in government quarantine facilities. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)
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