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DOTr: Rail Ops will Resume in a “Reduced Capacity”

According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), all rail ops will resume in a “reduced capacity” once the NCR is placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

In a statement, DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the LRT-1 will resume operations to carry 12 percent capacity or 158 passengers per trip, while the LRT-2 can transport 10 percent of passenger capacity or 160 passengers per trip.

As for the MRT-3, the line will carry 13 percent of its capacity or 153 passengers, while each Philippine National Railway (PNR) train set will transport an average of 148 passengers, or about 20 percent of its average capacity per trip.

“To guide our commuters in observing the required one-meter social distancing, we are placing markers inside the trains and on station platforms, indicating the required spacing between and among passengers. We are also installing signages and other information materials to remind passengers of the health and safety protocols that are in place,” Batan added.

DOTr said the following passengers are not allowed to enter train stations: 

  • Those who are not wearing the proper face mask
  • Those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or with a registered body temperature of 37.8°C or higher
  • Senior citizens
  • Passengers aged 0-20, and
  • Pregnant passengers as they are susceptible to COVID-19.

“All station personnel is also required to wear face masks, and gloves, while security guards manning the bag inspection area, and the Commuter Welfare Desk (CWD) will have to wear face shields,” the department said.

Regular disinfection and sanitation of train interiors, station premises and facilities will likewise be conducted, while hand washing or disinfection stations will be put in place to adhere to sanitary measures.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said, “We are ready to serve our commuters, in the event that the general community quarantine (GCQ) will be implemented in Metro Manila, and areas covered by our railway networks,”

“We have to follow the social distancing guidelines, and health protocols set by the IATF-EID, meaning, we have to limit our passenger capacity per trip. This is to prevent COVID-19 from spreading while our commuters are in transit,” he added.