DOTr opens major train lines to more commuters starting Oct. 19

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Public trains starting on Monday will be increasing their passenger capacity, the Department of Transportation announced on Sunday.

The DOTr said the Metro Rail Transit Line 3, Light Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2, and the Philippine National Railways will run trains at 30 percent passenger capacity, up from the current 13 to 18 percent.

With this, the MRT-3 can now accommodate 372 passengers per train set, up from the current 153 passenger limit.

LRT-1 and LRT-2 are also expected to load up to 370 and 486 passengers per train set, respectively.

In preparation for the implementation, the DOTr said social distancing marks inside trains are now being adjusted.

Some of the strict health and safety protocols that will be enforced inside the trains are:

1. Wearing of face masks and face shields

2. No talking and making telephone calls

3. No eating

4. Keeping public utility vehicles well-ventilated

5. Conducting frequent disinfection

6. Prohibiting entry of symptomatic passengers

7. Observing appropriate physical distancing rule

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