Higher fences along MRT-3 railway tracks eyed to block outsiders
Marje Pelayo • October 16, 2019 • 1217
MANILA, Philippines – The management of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 is planning to put up higher fences following a series of accidents involving outsiders entering the train tracks.
On Tuesday (October 15), afternoon train operation was delayed for more than two hours after a man jumped onto the tracks in between Ayala and Buendia stations.
Authorities’ investigation revealed that the man was mentally disturbed. He died on the spot after sustaining head injuries from the incident.
MRT-3 management noted it was not the first time that an outsider was able to enter the MRT stations.
There were instances in the past where some thieves were arrested after sneaking into the tracks and stealing electric cables.
According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), there were also reports about street children climbing and crossing the fences of MRT-3.
“Ang mga batang hamog na nang-i-isnatch dyan sa EDSA, dyan din tumatalon sa bakod ng MRT. Aakyatin nila iyan. Kaya nilang talunin (Street children who snatch [items from people] in EDSA, they usually cross over the fences of the MRT). They will cross over to the other side,” noted EDSA Traffic Chief Edison Nebrija.
“Ang hirap habulin niyan dahil bakod yan (It’s difficult to run after them crossing the fence),” he added.
The UNTV News Team traversed EDSA along the stretch of the MRT.
The team observed that some portions of the MRT have high fences, and some even with barbed wires.
However, other parts of the train tracks are low with no barriers at all, particularly between Ayala and Buendia stations where the accident happened.
But according to MRT-3 Director Engr. Michael Capati, the current design and structure of walls and fences in the train tracks followed the standards.
Capati added that even the distance between stations and the structure from nearby bridges were carefully planned by experts to ensure that coaches would not collide in the event of a strong earthquake.
Still, the MRT management is considering putting up taller fences at all MRT-3 tracks.
“Sapat naman siya pero nire-review namin ngayon kung ano pa yung mga kailangan namin gawin para maprevent yung mga ganitong intrusion (They’re on standards but we are still reviewing everything to determine what else can we do to prevent such intrusion),” Capati said.
The MMDA calls on the public to immediately report to authorities should they notice any suspicious-looking persons along MRT tracks, footbridges, and other similar structures to prevent accidents. – MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines— Public utility buses (PUB) will be deployed from March 30 to April 4 along EDSA as Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) launch the EDSA Bus Carousel during the Lenten break.
MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael J. Capati assured that there will be enough buses for passengers when MRT-3 temporary closes for its annual maintenance.
Augmentation buses will traverse the MRT-3 routes from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. beginning March 30 to April 4. Normal train 0perations will resume on April 5.
EDSA Carousel Bus Augmentation, ilulunsad sa MRT-3 Holy Week Maintenance Shutdown
“Ipatutupad ang tigil-operasyon sa buong linya ng MRT-3 upang magbigay-daan sa taunang masinsinang maintenance rehabilitation activities ng rail line, (MRT-3 will suspend its operations to give way to its yearly maintenance rehabilitation activities)” the advisory reads.
The maintenance will include turnout replacements, point machine installation, and realignment of CCTV units in every station. AAC
MANILA, Philippines—A bank teller was injured after an SUV rammed into a bank in EDSA, Muñoz on Wednesday, March 17.
The car was initially parked in the area while its owner, Dr. Esther Peralta, was with withdrawing money from an ATM at around 7:00 a.m.
When Peralta returned and started the vehicle, it made a loud noise prompting her to change the gear to parking mode.
However, this did not stop the car from suddenly accelerating and eventually crashing into the bank.
Security guard, Anthony Capalac who witnessed the incident said, “Umuugong po yung makina tapos sobrang usok sa likod, tapos bigla po siyang umabante dito na matulin papunta dun sa loob (The engine made a loud noise then emitted a thick smoke before speeding into the bank).”
Peralta said it was the first time such an incident with the car had happened.
“First time po yun, 2012 ko po nabili yung sasakyan diyan sa Tayuman. Siyempre ilalagay mo sa letter P [park] humarurot pa rin, tumatakbo, (This is the first that happened ever since I bought the car in Tayuman in 2012. I placed the gear on park but it still accelerated),” she said.
The bank’s façade was damaged, forcing management to announce temporary suspension of operations as it advised clients to visit other branches for their transactions.
Meanwhile, police authorities are investigating possible causes of the accident. It should be recalled that in 2015, similar incidents of unintended acceleration in some model of SUVs were reported. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
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