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.
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.