A Pvblic Inconvenience: MRT-3 ‘provisional service’ affects commuters

We The Pvblic

The long holiday is over, and it’s back to reality for Metro Manila commuters as they brave the traffic as well as MRT glitches.

Passengers were asked to step off a Quezon Avenue southbound train at 8:57 a.m. due to a technical problem. Minutes after, the train failure in the Buendia-Ayala stations was the second MRT-3 glitch that happened.

Photo by: Ivan Villegas
Photo by: Ivan Villegas


It was confirmed on the MRT-3 website at 9:03 am, mentioning that “provisional service was implemented due to train failure in Buendia – Ayala Avenue northbound.”

Trains do not operate in between affected stations when there’s provisional service. the MRT-3 only operated to and from North Avenue station in Quezon City to Shaw station in Mandaluyong, according to CNN.


The glitch comes two days after the accident in the Ayala station where a women fell onto the tracks and her right arm was severed. It prompted a debate on the MRT-3’s safety.

The MRT commuter is in stable condition after her arm was reconnected.

“Angeline’s arm is reconnected to her body,” Transportation Undersecretary for Rail Cesar Chavez said on Wednesday. “The bone, the nerve and vessels are reconnected. She is under observation at least until Friday (this week).”


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