MANILA - Long lines greeted commuters at the MRT during Monday morning's rush hour, after additional checks delayed the deployment of trains, its management said.
"Deployment of trains this morning was delayed due to additional pre-insertion checks conducted," the MRT management said in a statement.
"Train preparation and insertion is ongoing and additional trains will be available shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience caused and we will be taking measures to ensure higher train availability earlier in the morning," it added.
At the Quezon Avenue station, the passenger queue snaked down 2 floors and reached Mother Ignacia Avenue at around 8 a.m.
Twelve trains were running at 8 a.m., down from the usual 15 trains.
Some passengers said they have been in line for about an hour and have yet to get near the actual station.
"Napakahirap po talaga sa'min nito. Buti ngayon 'di masyadong mainit. Minsan kasi sobrang init pawis na pawis kami, minsan naman umuulan, at bumabaha. Sana masolusyunan na," said commuter Aya Delos Ninos.
(This is very difficult for us. It's good it's not that hot today. But sometimes, the weather is scorching and we're drenched in sweat. Other times, it's raining and floods rise. I hope they could solve this.)
"Late na kasi ako talaga sa trabaho. Kahit maaga magising, eh wala eh. Late pa rin," she said.
(I'm always late for work. Even if I wake up early, it doesn't matter, I'd still be late.)
Passenger Jerry Gosena echoed this sentiment, saying he is expecting deductions from his salary as the train delay made him late for work again.
Economic managers in August approved the rehabilitation of the MRT-3, which is expected to double the number of operational trains by 2022.
The train line that traverses EDSA ferries half a million passengers daily.
With a report from Lyza Aquino, ABS-CBN News