MANILA, Philippines — Following the successful completion of the rail system's vast and thorough restoration…
In the first month of ‘Libreng Sakay,’ 8.5 million free MRT rides were used.
MANILA, Philippines — From March 28 to April 30, the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) provided nearly 8.5 million free rides as part of its “Libreng Sakay (free ride)” program.
The MRT-3 claimed in a Facebook post on Monday that 8,472,637 free rides were given out during the period, with the greatest single-day traffic of 335,993 passengers on April 8.
The MRT-3 served 309,013 passengers on weekdays on average during this period, up 27.8% over the weekday average of 241,800 passengers reported from March 1 to 27.
The initiative, which was supposed to finish on April 30, has been extended until May 30. It will serve all MRT-3 passengers during regular running hours, which are 4:40 a.m. to 10:10 p.m. daily.
“This will enable the MRT-3 and the DOTr (Department of Transportation) to continue assisting the riding public with their commuting needs in the face of inflation and high fuel prices, as well as promote the rail line’s improved services and facilities following its massive rehabilitation,” the MRT-3 stated.
The initiative also aids in the capacity and performance testing of the MRT-3’s newly renovated facilities and subsystems, which can handle up to 350,000 people per day.
The MRT-3 finished its enormous rehabilitation in December of last year, which involved replacing all of its mainline tracks, updating its signaling and communications system, upgrading its power and overhead catenary system, and renovating its train stock, depot, and station equipment.
“Fifty-one of the company’s 72 light rail vehicles (LRVs) have been rebuilt to date.” Meanwhile, all 34 elevators and 46 escalators on the MRT-3 are operating, according to the MRT-3.
MRT-3 trains now travel at a speed of 60 kilometers per hour (kph), up from 30 kph before to rehabilitation, leading in a headway or average wait time between trains of 3.5 to 4 minutes, down from 8.5 to 9 minutes previously.