MRT-3 'express train' scheme put on hold
MANILA, Philippines – The dispatch of Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) express trains during rush hours has been put on hold by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
MRT management earlier said it will begin dispatching express trains during peak hours from Monday to Friday starting Wednesday, April 30.
However, the scheme has been deferred indefinitely as the agency awaits suggestions from the passengers.
“Experimental Implementation of Express Trains Scheme is on hold, please wait for further notice,” the agency said via its Twitter account @dotcmrt-3.
The agency added that specific details for the scheme will be disclosed once available.
The express trains scheme involves the dispatch of coded trains during 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. as well as 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Under the initial scheme, the 1N train will make stops in Taft, Magallanes, Cubao, Kamuning, Quezon Ave., and North Avenue while the 2N train will stop in Taft, Ayala, Cubao, Kamuning, Quezon Ave., and North Ave.
The 3N train will have stops in Taft, Buendia, Cubao, Kamuning, Quezon Ave., and North Ave.
The scheme aims to address delays and long lines at the train stations during peak hours.
The MRT-3 along EDSA has 13 stations in Taft, Magallanes, Ayala, Buendia, Guadalupe, Boni, Shaw, Ortigas, Santolan, Cubao, Kamuning, Quezon Ave., and North Edsa.