MRT-3 suspends operations due to communication glitch

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

OPERATIONS of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) stopped at noon on Saturday due to a communication glitch.

MRT-3 acting spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said train operations were suspended starting 12:05 p.m. since the radio communication between control center and train operators were down.

"Without proper two-way constant and continuous communications between train drivers and control center, we cannot operate for safety reasons," he said.

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MANILA. Operations of the Metro Rail Transit 3 were suspended anew on Saturday after the railway system encountered communication problems. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)

The suspension affected all stations from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City, he added.

"Lahat ng station po. Both lanes, walang biyahe," he said.

Cabrera, however, said the transit experts were still trying to repair the communication system and were hoping to restore the operation before 5 p.m. Saturday.

Netizens took to social networking sites to express their outrage over technical problems that hit the MRT-3.

The passengers of the train were suffering the most, as they had to line up for so long and had to ride in the train even if it was overloaded, a social media user said.

"The MRT needs rehabilitation because of its poor maintenance. Yet, the blame was on the operators. So disgusting," a post said.

Netizens urged the administrators of the train to take necessary action in providing better service to the passengers.

In recent weeks, a defective MRT train slammed into a barrier at the Taft Avenue station. At least 38 passengers were injured. (With Ruth Abbey E. Gita/Sunnex)

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