The Philippine National Railway (PNR), the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) increased their respective maximum passenger capacity to 30 percent.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Sunday, October 18, that the maximum passenger capacity of the railway lines range from 13 percent to 18 percent.
Starting Monday, October 19, MRT-3 can accommodate 372 passengers per train set.
The passenger capacity of trains in LRT Line 1 also increased to 370 passengers per train set, while trains in LRT Line 2 can accommodate 486 passengers per train set.
At 30 percent passenger capacity, PNR can accommodate 179 passengers per train set for the DMU ROTEM model; 167 passengers per train set for the DMU 8000; 228 passengers per train set for the DMU 8100; and 302 passengers per train set for the EMU model.
DOTr said that the passenger capacity of PNR, MRT-3, and LRT will gradually increase up to 50 percent.
Transport Sec. Arthur Tugade instructed the railway sector to increase the maximum passenger capacity of trains pursuant to the decision of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the entire Cabinet to approve the recommendations of the Economic Development Council (EDC) to aid in economic recovery