MANILA - An MRT-3 train was forced to offload a thousand passengers on Tuesday morning, breaking the railway's month-long record of operating without any such glitch.
In an advisory, the MRT-3 management said the "door failure" was reported at the southbound Araneta Center-Cubao station at 9:13 a.m.
The glitch may be caused by "stress on door components caused by leaning on the door or forcing it open," said the MRT management.
MRT-3 media relations officer Aly Narvaez confirmed that the door failure broke the railway's 28-day record of operating without any offloading incident, the longest streak since 2011 or in almost 7 years.
Tuesday's offloaded passengers boarded another train after 6 minutes.
The Department of Transportation is in talks with Japan's Sumitomo to return as the maintenance provider of the train line that traverses EDSA and ferries half a million passengers daily.
The previous administration, under former President Benigno Aquino III, had terminated Sumitomo's contract.
Report from Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News