Train Lines in Metro Manila to Resume Operations on May 16

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The Luzon Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) will end on May 15.
With this, major train lines in Metro Manila will resume operations on May 16 but in a limited capacity.

The Department of Transportation announced that the LRT 1 and 2, the MRT 3 and the Philippine National Railways will operate at a reduced capacity to allow passengers to practice social distancing.

The LRT 1 will only operate with 43 passengers per train, the LRT 2 with only 40 passengers, MRT-3 with 51 and the PNR with only 148 passengers.

This is based on the Department of Transportation’s simulation of passengers inside trains maintaining one-meter social distancing.

As per Department of Health guidelines, passengers entering stations and trains will be closely regulated.
Rail line personnel must wear face masks and use thermal scanners and any passengers who are not wearing appropriate face masks and are manifesting COVID-19 symptoms, and have a body temperature of 37.8 °C will not be allowed to enter train stations.

Senior citizens, persons aged 0-20, and pregnant women will also not be allowed entry “due to their vulnerability to the virus.”

The DOTr added that regular disinfection and sanitation of train interiors, station premises and facilities will be conducted.

Other modes of public transportation that are set to make a return when the enhanced community quarantine is lifted are jeepneys, buses and tricycles with passenger loads not exceeding 50 percent of the vehicles’ capacity.

Tricycles and motorcycles are still prohibited from having backride passengers.

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