MRT-3: Zero unloading for the past week an 'all-time high'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) — No passengers were unloaded from the trains of the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) for seven consecutive days, the Transportation Department (DOTr) said Wednesday.

"The last unloading incident was recorded 21 February 2018. An all-time high since (the Maintenance Transition Team or MTT) takeover, and since 2017!" the department announced.


The MTT replaced the Busan Universal Rail Inc. as maintenance provider of the MRT in November 2017.

The DOTr attributed the record to the arrival of spare parts earlier this month.

On a daily average, however, only seven trains run the stretch of the 13-station train line, catering to around 1.1 million passengers daily. The number of available trains is short of the ideal 20 during peak hours.

Transportation Undersecretary Timothy Batan said they are targeting to have 15 operational trains after Holy Week, when the MRT suspends operations to conduct maintenance works.

Problems of train breakdowns, glitches, and coaches detaching while in transit have been hounding the MRT, prompting the Senate to start its probe on the MRT mess.

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 City.

READ: DOTr targets 15 operational MRT trains after Holy Week