Metro's Train Lines to Carry Only About 150 Passengers Per Trip

The limited capacity will apply under the General Community Quarantine.

(SPOT.ph) The enhanced community quarantine is scheduled to end on May 15—subject to another possible extension. As we're counting down the days, reports of what post-quarantine life will be like have been floating around. If you're wondering how your daily commute will look, well, prepare yourselves: Metro Manila train lines will carry less than a quarter their usual number of passengers per trip once we graduate into a General Community Quarantine. While this has been done to ensure physical distancing, we can only imagine what this means for the waiting time (which was already hellish in the first place).

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 will carry only 153 passengers per trip, or just 13% the usual capacity. The Light Rail Transit Line 1 will cary 158 passengers, which is 12% the full capacity, while the Light Rail Transit Line 2 will carry 160 passengers, 10% the original. 

Trips by the Philippine National Railway will be limited to around 148 passengers, or 20% the usual capacity, though the Department of Transportation noted that the numbers may not be exact thanks to the different types of trains available on the tracks. 

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A particularly bad day for MRT-3 commuters at the southbound GMA-Kamuning station before quarantine restrictions were put in place.
PHOTO BY Mia Rodriguez
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"The reduction in capacity per train car was based on physical simulations of passengers inside trains maintaining one-meter social distancing," Timothy John Batan, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary, was quoted as saying in an Inquirer.net report. Hopeful passengers of the Metro Rail Transit Line-3 have already been warned by MRT3 Director Michael Capati to prepare themselves for a two- to three-hour waiting time. 

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Under the guidelines for a general community quarantine (GCQ), pregnant women, and folks under 20 years old or above 60 will not be allowed on any of the Metro's trains. Other safety measures—such as face masks for everyone, temperature checks, and constant disinfection of train cars—will also be in place. 

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