MRT-3 reschedules weekend suspension of operations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30)— Heads up, commuters!

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 announced on Thursday that the suspension of its select weekend operations— previously scheduled for August and September— will be pushed back to October and November “upon the recommendation” of its maintenance provider, Sumitomo-MHI-TESP.

In an advisory, MRT-3 said the suspension will now cover the following dates: October 10-11, October 31, November 1-2, and November 14-15.

“According to Sumitomo-MHI-TESP, this is due to travel restrictions being imposed by countries to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” MRT-3 wrote on its social media pages.

The suspension of operations was set to give way for rail replacement works— seen to gradually increase MRT-3’s operating speed to up to 60 kilometers per hour by December.

Despite the rescheduling, the management assured that the initial target completion of the project by September will not be affected.

The major train line earlier resumed operations at limited capacity, in light of the easing of quarantine restrictions in the capital region.