The increased speed with the trains of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) resulted to more passengers being ferried to their respective destinations.
According to the social media account of MRT 3, the passengers on Tuesday reached 104,346 which is much more, when compared to the daily average of 70,000 passengers in October.
MRT-3 said this is the highest number of passengers that was served since they resumed service due to the coronavirus 2019 pandemic.
“This is the result of the increased passenger capacity, faster train travel, and more trains running and operational along the rail line,” the MRT-3 said in its Facebook page.
Previously, due to the rules imposed by the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) the previous maximum passenger capacity was then set at of 13 percent. This has an equivalent of 51 passengers per train car or 153 per train.
Now, the MRT-3 can carry a maximum passenger capacity of 30 percent. This equals 124 passengers per train car or 372 per train.
This was after the IATF eased the imposed physical distancing in public transportation.
From a previous minimum of 1-meter distance between passengers, it became to a “one-seat-apart” policy.
The MRT-3 increased the maximum speed of its trains to 50 kilometers per hour last Monday, from the previous 40 kilometers per hour (kph).
“Because of this, the average headway or gap between 20 trains was reduced from 8.5 to 9 minutes to 4 to 5 minutes,” the MRT-3 said in its social media account. PNA