MANILA - Plagued by frequent glitches, the MRT-3 system has started undergoing maintenance work on Wednesday, with the promise of improved services after Holy Week.
Because of this, MRT-3 trips have been suspended until Easter Sunday, as previously announced by the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Normal operations will continue on Monday.
Metro Manila's main railway, which ferries 500,000 people on average daily, has operated only up to 10 trains at a time in recent months, causing long passenger queues in stations.
MRT trains have also suffered a lot of breakdowns in recent months, unloading scores of passengers. On Tuesday, before operations halted, 800 passengers were offloaded due to electrical failure.
Spare parts that are expected to improve the MRT-3 system started to arrive in February. The DOTr targets to increase MRT's capacity to 15 trains when it resumes operations.
-- report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News