MRT-3 might resume operations within the week: transport official

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 07 2020 12:04 PM | Updated as of Jul 07 2020 01:41 PM

Markers for social distancing cover the floors of the MRT-3 North Ave Station in Quezon City on May 5, 2020. The train line will suspend operations on July 7 due to rising number of COVID-19 positive workers. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA-- The MRT-3 might resume operations within the week, a transport official said Tuesday after the train line suspended operations for five days following the increased number of COVID-19 positive employees including depot workers and ticketing officers.

The MRT-3 might resume operations before the scheduled last day of the shutdown on Saturday, July 11, if results of the COVID-19 swab tests of its workers are released immediately, Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan said.

"Limang araw po 'yung hiningi nating suspension ng operations ngunit maaari po na umiksi 'yan," Batan said in a virtual press briefing.

(We asked for a 5-day suspension of operations but that can be shortened.)

"Resumption po tayo sa Linggo ngunit pinipilit po namin na kayaning magresume po ng mas maaga," he added.

(We are supposed to resume on Sunday but we are working to resume earlier than that.)

The shutdown of the train line which connects Pasay City to Quezon City started on Tuesday after 198 of its workers tested positive for coronavirus.

Among those who tested positive are 15 ticketing officers from the following stations:

- 8 from North Avenue station
- 3 from Cubao station
- 2 from GMA-Kamuning station
- 1 from Quezon Avenue station
- 1 on reserve status

The Department of Transportation is already coordinating with the Department of Health on how to proceed with contact tracing, Batan said.

The MRT-3 has over 3,200 workers and it will require at least 1,300 personnel to resume limited operations, the transportation department earlier said.