Longer queues seen as MRT-3 cuts trips, inspects trains

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Rail commuters will have to endure longer queues as the Metro Rail Transit-3 reduced trips from Wednesday to Sunday to give way to safety inspections after a train axle broke.

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The number of trains was reduced from 20 to 15 starting at 2 p.m. yesterday, MRT-3 Director for Operations Deo Manalo said. Train speed was also decreased to 20 kilometers per hour (kph) from 40 kph.

A safety check was ordered after a “strange” sound was heard in one of the trains on Tuesday evening, Manalo said.

Upon inspection, the MRT-3 management found that an axle of the bogey system under the driver’s coach broke.

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

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