MRT 3 on half-line operations

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 01 2014 06:18 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2014 02:18 AM

MANILA - The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 was forced to stop operations from North Avenue to Shaw station on Monday afternoon due to problems with its signaling system.

MRT spokesman Hernando Cabrera posted on his Twitter account: “MRT3 signaling system being calibrated, all trains required to stop at nearest station.”

He later clarified the MRT 3 will only implement a half-line operation. "MRT3 half line operations, Taft to Shaw and back only, implemented at around 4:50 PM."

Last August 24, the MRT 3 operations were suspended due to a communication system breakdown.

Cabrera explained then that the control center could not relay messages to the train drivers.

“Safety protocol requires that two-way constant communication is needed. Since we could not achieve this, we automatically had to suspend operations until it gets fixed,” he said.

Ironically, a Senate committee heard on Monday morning the problems affecting MRT commuters.

Transportation officials raised issues on funding, budget, political will, which they said hamper the upgrading of the MRT 3.

The probe was initiated after a train overshot the track at the Taft Station also last month, which left more than 30 injured.