March 23, 2014
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Monday said the operations of railway systems Light Rail Transit (LRT), Metro Rail Transit (MRT), and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will be suspended in certain dates during the Holy Week.
In a statement, the DOTC said the LRT lines 1 and 2 and the MRT-3 operations will be suspended from March 24 to 27 to allow heavy maintenance works.
The agency said operations will resume on March 28.
The PNR, on the other hand, will stop its operations from March 24 to 26, but will resume on March 27.
The DOTC said point-to-point bus services will also be suspended from March 24 to 27 to give way to preventive maintenance works, while airport bus services will continue to run during the Holy Week with the exception of Good Friday (March 25).
The DOTC reminded all travellers during the Lenten season to be cautious and alert in order to minimize accidents, and to abide by all safety rules and regulations implemented by law enforcement agencies.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said the suspension of the number coding scheme in Metro Manila will be from March 24 to 25.
In its Facebook account, the MMDA said only provincial buses are exempted from the number coding scheme on March 23.
The MMDA also said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will undertake re-blocking and road repair on EDSA from March 24 to March 27.
The agency noted that the DPWH will take advantage of the low volume of vehicles during the Lenten season to repair portions of EDSA.
The MMDA said repairs will begin around 2 a.m. on March 24 at the northbound lane of EDSA between Madison Street and Ortigas Avenue and southbound between Ortigas flyover and Boni Avenue.
The agency said road works will end on March 27 at 2 p.m.
The MMDA advised motorists to take alternate routes.