MRT offloads over 1,400 passengers due to twin glitches

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 26 2018 09:50 AM | Updated as of Mar 26 2018 12:38 PM

MANILA - The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) on Monday offloaded some 1,450 passengers after 2 trains were hit by glitches.

At 8:29 a.m., 580 commuters were asked to vacate a train at the Araneta Center Cubao station after a signaling error, MRT-3 media relations officer Aly Narvaez said in an advisory.

Offloaded passengers were boarded on the next train, which arrived 4 minutes after the incident, she said.

About an hour later, a southbound train offloaded some 870 passengers at the Shaw Boulevard station due to electrical failure.

Both glitches were caused by the train's "worn-out" sub-components, the MRT management said.

The train line, which traverses EDSA, has been suffering from frequent glitches over maintenance woes.

The Department of Transportation is in talks with Japan's Sumitomo to return as the train line's maintenance provider.

The previous administration, under former President Benigno Aquino III, had terminated Sumitomo's contract. It also bought P3.8 billion in new coaches from China that were allegedly incompatible with the tracks.

-- With a report from Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News