No trains in MRT-3 for more than an hour due to 'power supply failure'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) — No trains were operational more than an hour on Monday morning at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) North Avenue Station due to "power supply failure."

MRT-3 officials said trains were inserted past 6:15 a.m. after the power supply normalized, but it only became operational after 30 minutes.

The power supply failure was identified as early as 4 a.m., MRT officials said, which affected three stations: North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, and GMA-Kamuning.



According to MRT-3 officials, the control center advised on the delay of deployment of trains due to power failure while intervention is ongoing.

"It was identified that the power supply failure was due to intertwined wires  - the stringed new feeder wire made contact with the outrun messenger wire," MRT officials said.

Problems of train breakdowns and coaches detaching while in transit hounded the MRT-3 in 2017. The rail line reported an average of two glitches a day during the past year.

The 17-kilometer train line runs the stretch of EDSA, from North Avenue in Quezon City up to Taft in Pasay.