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As part of DOTr’s MRT-3 bus augmentation program, more bus units is being eyed to be deployed after MRT shut down due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in stations.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyeing to deploy additional bus units for the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) bus augmentation program after the metro railway temporarily stopped its operations as cases of COVID-10 continued to rise among its staff.
DOTr Assistant Secretary Alberto Suansing said in an online Lido Forum with reporters on Wednesday that they already have 90 buses that aid with MRT-3. In case it shouldn’t be enough, they will add more units, in response to the question regarding DOTR’s plans to augment public transport after MRT-3 shutdown.
The 90 buses that are under the program is being dispatched with a three-minute interval. Also, other 150 bus units were being used for its Edsa Busway service to ferry commuters from Monumento to Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange.
On July 7, MRT-3 temporarily halted its operations after coronavirus cases among its train employees rose beyond 100, which includes ticket tellers. The number of COVID-19 positive cases increased to 202, the DOTr said earlier.