Sit Tight, Commuters: MRT Operations Are Suspended for the Rest of the Day

Full service is expected to resume by 5 p.m., fingers crossed.

(SPOT.ph) Train commuters in Metro Manila had no choice but to brave the traffic jam along EDSA on the morning of Friday, September 6, after the Metro Line Transit Line 3 suspended operations at 6:42 a.m. A cable in the "Overhead Catenary System" at Guadalupe Station (Northbound) was cut, according to an advisory by the Department of Transportation. This caused insufficient power supply from Shaw Boulevard Station in Mandaluyong City to Santolan Station in Quezon City, and as a result, the entire railway system.

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Repair work is ongoing to fix the cable, said MRT-3 management. Provisional service between North Avenue and Shaw Boulevard is expected to return at 12 p.m., while full operations to Taft Avenue are expected to resume by 5 p.m.

Commuters lined up at Kamuning Station before 7 a.m., only to find out that operations have been suspended.
PHOTO BY Mia Rodriguez
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People had no choice but take alternative public transport.
PHOTO BY Mia Rodriguez

All MRT-3 stations are now closed.
PHOTO BY Mia Rodriguez
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Full service is expected to return at 5 p.m. today.
PHOTO BY Mia Rodriguez

Additional buses were deployed by the Department of Transportation, InterAgency Council for Traffic, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, to help get MRT-3 passengers to their destinations.

For now, all we can do is sit tight—we're stuck in traffic, after all.

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UPDATE (10 a.m.): Partial operation from North Avenue to Shaw Boulevard was restored at 9:45 a.m.

For updates, follow DOTr MRT-3 on Twitter.

Main image by Mithril Cloud, Wikimedia

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