Some Things Never Change: 450 passengers disembark after MRT malfunctions

Photo: ABS-CBN News
Photo: ABS-CBN News

This is just the kind of thing that would ruin anyone’s Monday.

At least 450 passengers were forced to disembark from the MRT-3 at its Cubao, Quezon City station at about 6am today after the train’s motor suffered an electrical failure, its management said.

The glitch was caused by what they said were “worn-out electrical sub-components,” The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports. The incident left many inconvenienced, with some passengers saying they had to wait for as long as an hour before catching a new train, GMA News Online reports.

Things had improved by 9am, when a total of 15 trains began operating at roughly nine-minute intervals, reports the Manila Bulletin. 

MRT-3’s aging trains are notorious for breaking down far too often, with many calling for them to be repaired and overhauled. In 2017, the Duterte administration promised a “better MRT,” but instances like this show that improvement remains a pipe dream.

Running in an orbital route, the MRT-3 traverses 13 stations, including ones at Boni Ave. in Mandaluyong, Ortigas Center in Pasig, and Ayala in Makati City.

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