| March 5, 2016

Hundreds of Metro Rail Transit commuters were inconvenienced anew when the rail line suspended its operations during yesterday morning’s rush hour.

The MRT said its signaling system detected a problem when the uninterruptible power supply device at the North Avenue station malfunctioned at around 9:25 a.m.

“It was not safe to travel and the advice was to stop operations while the problem is being addressed,” a member of MRT general manager Roman Buenafe’s staff said.

The MRT resumed operations at around 9:50 a.m.

The rail line suspended operations three times on Wednesday, saying there was “no traction,” but an insider said the MRT encountered a problem because officials failed to purchase carbon brushes, which convey electricity between the stationary and moving parts of an electric generator or motor. – Robertzon Ramirez