The MRT-3 deployed 21 working train sets on Wednesday, the most number of operational carriages in its history. This came as physical distancing requirements in public transport began to ease.
More train sets means reduced waiting times for passengers and increased carrying capacity.
"This is a product of DOTr and MRT-3’s collaboration to improve the rail line’s service for the riding public. We want to keep our commitment to provide our passengers with the best service they can experience," MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael J. Capati said.
The entire rail line is undergoing rehabilitation and maintenance with the help of Japan's Sumimoto-Mitsubishi Heavy. The project is set to finish by July 2021.
Aside from increased ridership, the MRT-3 also improved its safety record. There were no unloading incidents since the resumption of public transport operations under general community quarantine. The last unloading incident was recorded on Mar. 8.
Health and safety protocols are still being implemented to keep passengers safe. Physical distancing, wearing of face masks and shields, and temperature scans are mandatory. Eating and talking in person or answering of mobile devices is prohibited on the train.