DOTr: Railways reduce passenger capacity

PNR Social distancingUpon transition of Metro Manila to General Community Quarantine (GCQ), public transportation with limited capacity will be resumed, including rail lines that will be restarted with reduced passenger capacity to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How will the different rail lines such as LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3, and PNR implement this reduced capacity scheme in its train sets? LRT-1 will implement 12% capacity per train set, wherein:

135 passengers will board 1st Generation trains (42 standing, 93 sitting);

152 for 2nd Generation trains (40 standing, 112 sitting);

and 188 passengers for 3rd Generation trains (48 standing, 140 sitting).

For LRT-2, each train set can only carry 10% of its passenger capacity, translating to a total of 160 passengers (48 standing, 112 sitting).

For MRT-3, it can ferry 13% of its passenger capacity per train set, translating to 153 passengers (63 standing, 90 sitting).

On the other hand, PNR will transport 20% of its passenger capacity per train set, with its DMU Rotem trains carrying:

156 passengers (84 standing, 72 sitting);

8000 Series will have 143 passengers (73 standing, 70 sitting);

and 198 passengers for its new trains, the 8100 Series (102 standing, 96 sitting).

Moreover, the DOTr also noted that skip trains, or trains bypassing certain stations, may be dispatched to manage passenger volumes, along with a block system to control the entry of passengers into stations, platforms, and into the trains.

Limiting the number of passengers per train car is based on a physical simulation of passengers inside the trains while maintaining the one-meter social distancing rule.

Aside from trains, passenger concentration will also be reduced at station platforms, concourses, and station elevators.