Another MRT-3 train malfunctions on Chinese New Year daybreak

By on February 19, 2015

MRT3 Shaw Boulevard Station (Photo courtesy of UrbanRail)
MRT3 Shaw Boulevard Station (Photo courtesy of UrbanRail)

MANILA — A Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) train along Epifanio Delos Santos Ave. (EDSA) malfunctioned in the early morning hours of the Chinese New Year on Thursday.

Reports showed that the northbound train from the MRT Taft Ave. Station stalled before reaching the Ortigas area at around 5:55 a.m., forcing passengers to alight before reaching their destinations.

This week, the MRT-3 also experienced glitches on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday’s incident caused a number of passengers to complain about falling “like dominoes” after the train suddenly stopped due to the accidental activation of the rail line’s automatic protection system.

MRT-3 general manager Roman Buenafe, meanwhile, said the management is looking into adding more hand straps inside the trains as a safety precaution.

Hand straps allow passengers to have something to hold on to stay in place in case an MRT-3 coach makes a sudden stop.