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Thursday, December 22, 2016

MRT 3 Rolls Out New Elevators


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In time for last-minute Christmas shopping and party-hopping, the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) has installed brand new elevators in most stations for the convenience of train passengers.

Twenty-seven out of the 32 elevators will be operational and will be ready to accommodate train passengers starting tomorrow, December 23. Five other elevators are on-going replacement.

MRT-3 General Manager Deo Manalo said the new elevators would ease the commute of passengers during the Holidays. Senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with disability will be given priority.

“The elevators would relieve passengers from carrying heavy bags especially this Christmas,” said Manalo

Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade will lead the inspection of elevators, to be accompanied by representatives from commuter advocacy and PWD groups.

The installation of new elevators is part of the efforts of the DOTr – MRT3 to improve over-all station experience and provide convenience to commuters. This development is also seen to reduce queues in stations especially during peak hours.

The elevators were ordered last year with the target completion set on January 2017. Further, repair and rehabilitation of escalators are ongoing and expected to be completed on February 2017.

Manalo also said 20 train sets or 60 cars will be deployed in the revenue line tomorrow even during non-peak hours in anticipation of Friday Christmas rush. The MRT will extend peak hours from 6am to 10am in the morning and from 4pm to 10pm in the evening. Extending peak hours means that 20 train sets are assured during this time.

The last train set will depart from North Avenue station at 10pm and from Taft station at 10:30pm.

Meanwhile, MRT employees will also hold their outreach program tomorrow where 300 children from poor communities near MRT depot will be given gifts. MRT officials and employees voluntarily gave contributions for this event.

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