MRT, PNR to extend operating hours to serve commuters affected by mad metro traffic

Expect the long queues at MRT stations to get even longer.

Kris Bayos and Anna Liza Alavaren of the Manila Bulletin report that "the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will extend operations hours to accommodate more commuters seeking to avoid traffic congestion due to simultaneous road construction projects in Metro Manila."


According to the report, the MRT's operations from North Avenue going to Taft will start at 4:30 a.m. instead of 5 a.m." for two weeks starting Monday (Feb. 24). The next two weeks after that, the MRT will extend operations up to 11 p.m. instead of 10:30 p.m.


The shifting schedule of the extension of the MRT's operations is part of the dry run planned by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) as a run-up to planning longer hours of MRT operations for a longer period of time (albeit not permanent).


The PNR, meanwhile, "will lengthen the commuter rail's operating hours from the 4 a.m. to 8 p.m." from its former schedule of 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will also deploy additional trips to help ease the worsening traffic jam in Metro Manila as construction of the Skyway 3 starts.

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