MRT-3 ‘s passenger capacity is now back to 100% after Metro Manila’s community quarantine classification was downgraded to Alert Level 1 this March 1.
According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), MRT-3 will now be able to carry 394 passengers in each wagon or a total of 1,182 commuters for each train set.
“Katumbas ng 100% capacity ang 394 na pasahero kada bagon o 1,182 na pasahero kada train set. Mula ito sa dating 70% passenger capacity ng mga tren na may katumbas na 276 na pasahero kada bagon o 827 na pasahero kada train set. Ang isang train set ay binubuo ng tatlong (3) bagon,” DOTr shared on Facebook.
DOTr said this return to full capacity will help address the expected increase in demand for public transportation now that travel restrictions are laxer compared to before.
“Ang pagtataas ng kapasidad ng mga tren ay bilang tugon ng pamunuan ng MRT-3 at Kagawaran ng Transportasyon sa pagtaas ng demand sa pampublikong transportasyon sa pagbubukas ng mas maraming establisimyento sa Metro Manila,” the department explained.
Although now serving at 100%, DOTr reminded passengers that minimum health protocols and standards will still be imposed inside MRT-3. This means that talking, eating, drinking, and answering phone calls will remain prohibited inside the trains.
The required wearing of face masks will also be upheld.
“Upang matiyak ang kaayusan at implementasyon ng minimum public health standards sa buong linya, patuloy na magtatalaga ng mga train at platform marshals ang pamunuan ng MRT-3 sa mga tren at istasyon nito.”
Metro Manila, including 38 other areas, will remain under Alert Level 1 until March 15.
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