More people will be allowed to ride the MRT, LRT and PNR trains starting Monday, as part of effrots to kick-start the economy. Authorities at the same time reminded commuters to follow COVID-19 prevention measures while on board.
From Oct. 19, the train systems will operate at 30% capacity, which will be gradually increased to 50%, the Department of Transportation said in a statement. This means that for the MRT, there will be 372 passengers per train set from 124 or 153 passengers instead of 51 per car, the agency said.
On Sunday, the DOTr placed social distancing markers in side the trains to guide passengers. From one meter, the physical distancing requirement was eased to one-seat-apart. However, commuters must wear face masks and face shields and avoid talking and eating while on board the trains.