Railways ready to resume operations but at reduced capacity, construction continues: PNR

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Posted at Apr 30 2020 06:58 PM

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MANILA - Railway operators are ready to resume service at reduced capacity once the enhanced community quarantine over Luzon is lifted, the head of the Philippine National Railways said Thursday. 

“Ang initial assessment po natin, mapapatakbo po natin ang railway systems natin at one-fourth the capacity,” PNR General Manager Junn Magno said during the online press conference of Department of Transportation. 

(Our initial assessment is that we can run the railway systems at one-fourth the capacity.)

Magno said the PNR, MRT and LRT systems are ready to resume operations during the lockdown period.

“Sa darating po na linggo handa na po kami na mag-operate to ferry frontliners in Metro Manila,” Magno said. 

(In the coming week, we will be ready to operate to ferry frontliners in Metro Manila.)

Strict social distancing will be observed in the railway stations and inside trains, Magno said.

The PNR chief added that rail operators will provide buses to ferry passengers from certain stations to residential areas as they don’t expect public transport to be already available then. 

Construction of 13 other major rail projects identified in the Build Build Build program continues but with skeletal staffing, Magno said. This is to ensure that when the lockdown is lifted, construction can be ramped up to meet the deadlines of these projects, he said.