Margaret Claire Layug | GMA News | November 16, 2017
The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) will implement changes in its operations on Friday to give way to maintenance work on the train, according to GMA News' Oscar Oida on his report for "State of the Nation with Jessica Soho" on Thursday.
Starting Friday morning, the schedule would be from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The original schedule was from 5 a.m. up to 11 p.m.
MRT3 Director for Operations Mike Capati said the new schedule would give one extra hour for personnel to check the coaches.
The train line also advised commuters that the MRT3 trains will only use a maximum of 15 trains per day.
There will also be train marshals who will also be monitoring each trip to ensure the safety of the passengers.
These "mitigation measures" were set to be implemented after a series of problems that plagued the transport system causing frequent service interruptions and technical glitches.
On Thursday morning, up to 140 people were forced to get off the train to take a long walk back to the station after a train coach was detached between the railway line’s Buendia and Ayala Avenue Stations.
Senator Grace Poe earlier instructed the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to consider temporarily shutting down all MRT3 operations completely until all systems are fixed.