Metro Manila public transportation has increased passenger capacity as the National Capital Region of the Philippines strives to return to normal amid the ongoing Covid pandemic.
The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit Line 1, LRT-2, and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) increased maximum passenger capacities from the previous 13% to 30% on October 19, 2020, and will gradually expand to 50 percent, announced the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
The adjustment in the number of trains fielded and new physical distancing measures are being done to provide for more workers to be transported to their workplaces as Metro Manila and its adjacent areas slowly reopen for business under the general community quarantine that is expected to last until the end of the year.
The DOTr has deployed train marshals in train stations and inside the train cars to ensure compliance of passengers to the seven COVID safety protocols inside public transport.
Health experts recommended these Public Transport 7 Commandments:
1) Always wear face mask and face shield
2) No speaking and talking on the phone
3) No eating
4) Always keep proper and sufficient ventilation in PUVs
5) Always conduct disinfection
6) Non-acceptance of would-be passengers with symptoms of COVID-19
7) Always follow the rules on physical distancing of one-seat apart rule
Limited public transportation resumed service in phases in June as Metro Manila shifted to GCQ. All types of public transportation were allowed to resume operations in August.
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