MRT suffers glitch anew; hundreds of passengers unloaded

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 01 2018 09:30 PM

MANILA - Around 800 passengers of the MRT-3 were unloaded Thursday night at Quezon Avenue Station after the train they were riding suffered a glitch.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the southbound train encountered an Automatic Train Protection (ATP) signaling error at 8:42 p.m. 

"Passengers were loaded in the next train which arrived 8 minutes later," it said. 

"One cause of ATP error is defective or worn-out ATP/Signaling sub-components (e.g. ATP sensor, ATP board)."

The agency said the train will undergo "preventive maintenance and replacement of ATP/Signaling components (must ensure availability of spare parts)" as remedy.

The MRT-3 has encountered numerous glitches this year, although the government said the train system has had fewer issues since the DOTr took over repair its repair and maintenance.

Last November, the MRT shortened its operating hours to give more time for maintenance work after the train line encountered frequent glitches.

Some 500,000 commuters use the MRT-3 every day to travel on EDSA, Metro Manila's busiest thoroughfare.