LRT, MRT to operate at limited capacity starting June 1 – DOTr

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 29) — The daily struggles of commuters overcrowding public trains during rush hours will now be a thing of the past as both the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) will only accommodate a small percentage of their capacity under the general community quarantine (GCQ).

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade told a Thursday night briefing with other Cabinet officials that LRT and MRT will only use 10-percent to 12-percent of their regular capacity under the new normal.

Tugade also said the Philippine National Railway (PNR) will only accommodate 35 percent of its normal capacity to practice physical distancing.

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The National Capital Region Police Station recently held a simulation run at the LRT-2 to have a picture of the “new normal” in commuting. Train commuters must seat one-space apart from each other while there are certain spots where some can stand.

Furthermore, the Transportation department noted that a bus service will augment the capability of train stations to bring passengers to their destinations.

“Meron kaming tinatawag na bus augmentation system," Tugade said. "Ikakasa yung operation ng train with the bus operation following the same line. Para sa ganun ma-achieve natin yung volume of passengers that move."

[Translation: We have what is called a bus augmentation system. The bus operation will follow the same line of trains. With this, we can achieve the volume of passengers that move.]

That bus service will have a dedicated lane in EDSA, he added.

Once the railways in the MRT-3 are replaced by September, Tugade said the travel time could increase from the current 30 kilometers per hour to 60 kph by December.