MRT ops to normalize Friday after axle mess

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 15 2017 08:14 AM | Updated as of Jun 15 2017 08:35 AM

GOOD NEWS: Passenger lines at Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) stations will return to normal early Friday as MRT management expects to finish earlier the safety inspection of trains, an official said Thursday.

Commuters were warned Wednesday to expect longer queues and waiting time at the MRT-3 as fewer trains will be operational until Sunday to give way to the inspection of the fleet after one of the trains encountered a technical problem with its axle on Tuesday evening.

Transportation Undersecretary for Rail Cesar Chavez said officials put in overtime work to finish the inspection by Thursday night.

"Ngayong gabi, inaasahan nating matatapos na lahat ng safety checks at bukas ng umaga, Biyernes, inaasahan nating balik na sa 20 trains during peak hours and 15 trains during non-peak hours," Chavez told ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda."

(We expect to finish all safety checks on Thursday night at by early Friday, we expect that the number of trains serving the public will return to 20 during peak hours and 15 during non-peak hours.)

Chavez said there was a need to check the MRT-3 fleet after one of the trains made a strange sound and wiggled around 7 p.m. Tuesday. An inspection showed that an axle of the bogey system under the train driver's coach broke.

Officials decided to reduce the number of operational trains so they could check if the axle in other trains were intact.

The government has deployed over 80 buses and vehicles to ferry passengers of the country's busiest train system during peak hours, Chavez said.