DOTr deploys 160 additional buses amid MRT-3 shutdown

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) — Following public outcry due to inconvenience on the first day of the transportation department's bus augmentation program, officials decided to add 160 more buses to the deployment.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday said 300 buses have been given special permits to transport passengers to and from designated areas near the Metro Manila Rail Transit System Line 3 (MRT-3) while the trains undergo repairs until Sunday. Transport officials earlier explained they needed to close MRT-3 operations temporarily to improve the trains and regrind the rails.

The DOTr initially deployed 140 buses on Monday but admitted these were not enough to accommodate the throngs of passengers. Commuters also complained of lack of buses and delayed arrivals.

Transport officials implored the public to remain patient while they conduct maintenance operations on the MRT-3.

"Hinihingi namin ang pang-unawa ng ating mananakay dahil ginagawa natin ang lahat ng paraan para ma-restore sa pinakamabilis na paraan ang ating MRT," DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said.

[Translation: We are asking for patience from our riding public because we are doing everything to restore the MRT in the fastest way possible.]