MRT woes: Twin outages halve train capacity


Posted at Jan 24 2018 10:32 AM | Updated as of Jan 24 2018 10:52 AM

MANILA - Commuters endured longer queues at MRT stations on Wednesday after 2 successive interruptions during the morning rush hour halved its capacity.

The number of running trains was reduced to 7 as of mid-morning after 800 passengers were offloaded at the Guadalupe Station in Mandaluyong City.

The MRT, which services an average 500,000 commuters daily, has a maximum capacity of 20 to 22 trains. The Department of Transportation's transition team, which took over in November, aims to have 15 trains running regularly.

The first service outage hit around 6 a.m., when some 230 passengers were forced to disembark at the Magallanes station, according to the MRT website.

Commuters had to wait up to 10 minutes between trains after the 6 a.m. incident, according to the website.

-- with a report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News