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LRT-1, MRT-3 closed during Holy week for maintenance work

LIGHT Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2, Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) and the Philippine National Railways in the capital region would be closed during Holy Week for maintenance, their management said on Tuesday.

Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), the private operator of LRT-1, said it would suspend operations from Mar. 31 to Apr. 4 for its annual maintenance.

The maintenance work would ensure their trains perform at their best, LRMC Chief Operating Officer Enrico R. Benipayo said in a statement.

LRT-2 will also suspend operations from Mar. 31 to Apr. 4, while the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will be closed on Apr. 1, except for the Calamba-Tutuban route. Train operations will be suspended on Apr. 2 and 3.

On Apr. 4, PNR will resume operations for Tutuban-Alabang and vice versa, Tutuban-Calamba and vice versa, Tutuban-Gov. Pascual and vice versa, Gov. Pascual-Bicutan and vice versa, and Naga-Sipocot and vice versa.

It will resume normal operations on Apr. 5.

Meanwile, MRT-3 said in a Twitter post it would suspend train operations from Mar. 30 to Apr. 4.

The MRT-3 management also said it had signed a memorandum of agreement with Cosmotech Philippines, Inc. for the use of the contact-tracing app Traze at the rail line.

“To use it, passengers will have to scan the QR codes three times — at their entry station, the train coach where they are riding, and their exit station,” it said in a statement. “Passengers who do not have smartphone devices may still opt to use the manual contact tracing form.”

It said the use of Traze would help unify contact-tracing efforts across different transportation sectors.

Passengers may download Traze on Google Play, App Store, Huawei AppGaller, or Samsung Galaxy Store. — Arjay L. Balinbin

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