• Broken rails derail MRT operations again


    RIDERS of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) were again left fuming early on Monday when trips were disrupted because of broken rails.

    For almost an hour starting at 8 a.m., MRT trains could only travel from North Avenue in Quezon City to Shaw Blvd. in Mandaluyong City. MRT officer-in-charge Renato San Jose said broken rails were discovered on the southbound tracks between the Boni and Guadalupe stations.

    The trip disruption prompted many passengers to take taxis, buses and other means of transportation to their destinations.

    On October 2 this year, MRT operations were also disrupted due to broken rails on the same spot.

    MRT 3 runs from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City.

    The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) shortened the operations of Light Rail Transit Line-1 and Line 2 (LRT-1, LRT-2) and MRT-3 yesterday because of Typhoon Ruby.

    “Safety is our priority. We have shortened operations as a precautionary measure, in preparation for Typhoon Ruby’s impact on Metro Manila,” DOTC Spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal said in a text message. “We are avoiding unsafe conditions, such as stalling in between stations should a power outage occur.”

    Trips for LRT 1 and 2, which stretches from Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City to Baclaran in Pasay City, closed at 8:30 p.m. instead of 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. respectively.


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    1. A dilemma like this happens when DOTC chooses to partner with an incompetent maintenance consortium that’s being paid millions per month to maintain (or demolish) the railway system. If only the employees of APT Global did their jobs, nothing like this would happen and if only the company stocked new rails for replacement, mending the once broken rail should never be an issue.

      Clearly, everyone in DOTC is as incompetent as the ones they have chosen to partner with.

    2. I used to be an avid fan of the mrt as my daily means of transportation to and from work. I used to be among those in long lines along the road, the stairs and in the station. I used to have long patience of the recurrent flaws of the mrt.
      Now, I have decided to take the risk of taking a bus… just to be more safe. I seem to have adjusted in taking public transportation but the mrt. The mrt has long been hurting commuters for quite a long period of time now. What do you think of the idea of ‘people powering’ the mrt by not patronizing its service for a day or two…or more. We might just give them a hard lesson of being true to their service…once and for all. What possibly would happen if the mrt wont get any income for the days that we all join in not patronizing their service?

    3. I used to work in Taipei for almost 20 years as an engineer for the Taipei MRT and high speed rail and one of my work assignment for a couple of years was to check the rails every night between 12 midnight to 6;00 am by walking from station to station and finding out any loosened rail fasteners and broken rail as part of our daily routine and make immediate corrective action for any defects found on site.

      If this is done with the MRT3 I believe such incidents can be avoided. This should be the routine if DOTC wants to prolong the service life of MRT3. DOTC is effectively mismanaged by an incompetent DOTC secretary supported by lawyers instead of engineers. Sayang talaga.

      • Alben– this is the Philippines and run by Filipinos. What you are saying is just a pipedream and can never be done– without certain baksheesh!

    4. Understanding Person on

      DOTC’s priority is to give service to the people by providing an excellent maintenance and not to use the slogan – “for people’s safety” again and again.
      Kahayupan na talaga ang mga alam nitong administration na ito oo! Mga buwisit sa bayan! Bakit ba talaga tayo nagkaroon ng ganitong administration…puwede ba lumayas na kayo diyan ng amo mo “ABAYA?”
      Aaayyyy nakuuuuu maloloko ang mga kababayan ko sa kamagmangan ng mga taong ito.

      • well most of benigno the turd’s people are incompetent just like him. they are just good in press releases and spins…

    5. If the broken rails were on the same spot as before does that mean the new rails are now broken & if so it seems possible there could be something causing the rails to break in that spot & should be checked to find the cause.