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MRT-3 temporarily shuts down ops as more personnel test positive for COVID-19

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MRT-3 will temporarily suspend its operations starting Tuesday, June 7, as more personnel tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, the Department of Transportation said the shutdown will last until July 11 to give way to RT-PCR (swab) testing of all MRT-3 personnel.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will be in charge of testing the MRT-3 personnel with the assistance of the Philippine Red Cross.

Personnel that test positive will be directed to the appropriate government quarantine facility, while those who are confirmed negative will form part of the pool that will operate the system upon resumption of operations.

To help ferry commuters, the MRT-3 Bus Augmentation Program will continue with 90 buses and fixed dispatching interval of every 3 minutes.

In addition, 150 buses will be deployed for the EDSA Busway service, carrying passengers between Monumento and the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx). A mini loop will also run between Timog Ave. and Ortigas to service passengers, where shuttle services / mini buses will be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at the curbside.