Another glitch hits MRT riders

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Passengers of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT 3) were again left fuming early Tuesday when a train developed technical problems at the southbound lane of Ortigas Station and they were shooed out.

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The passengers, most of whom were on their way to work, were told to alight at 7:42 a.m. because of a dysfunctional rail system.

According to MRT maintenance contractor Global APT spokesperson Bing Zaide, the defective train had to be pulled out. Zaide said a similar incident occurred at the Magallanes Station, but the management was able to reset the safety equipment.

Zaide said the MRT’s safety devices, called “computer boxes,” are already old and need to be replaced. He said 15 trains were operational on Tuesday.

On Monday morning, the mass transit system also inconvenienced thousands of commuters because only eight out of 20 trains were operating. The four-minute ordinary waiting time in stations between trains became 10 minutes.

The MRT links North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City via Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

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