PNR to implement ‘modified train capacity’ starting June 22
PASIG CITY, June 18 (PIA) — Starting Monday, June 22, the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will implement Modified Train Capacity (MTC).
By MTC, the PNR said, they will increase the number of passengers per trip without sacrificing minimum safety and health protocol.
The PNR reminded train passengers to follow health and safety protocols such as wearing of both face shield and face mask, minimize the use of gadgets, mobile phones, and to avoid conversing with crew or co-passenger while on board the train.
However, the PNR clarified that other coaches will still remain available for those who are wearing face mask only on a limited capacity.
The Modified Train Capacity system was simulated prior to implementation of the general community quarantine (GCQ) phase to determine probability of cross contamination of passengers seated together and standing next to each other at an allowable distance.
The simulation was done three times to validate the collected data and which led to the recommendation to allow modified train capacity at a slow, staggered and gradual implementation until the culture of commuting passengers is established, complying to health protocol.
The MTC will be implemented first at the Metro South Commuter- Bicutan, Dela Rosa, Alabang, Tutuban, EDSA and FTI stations which are considered as high-volume passenger stations. Then it will be implemented next at the the Metro North Commuter- Bicutan, Dela Rosa, EDSA, FTI and Governor Pascual stations.
The PNR explained that with the MTC, extra passenger allocation in sa stations where the system is being implemented can occupy the middle coach provided they comply to the required wearing of both face mask and face shield, and minimal activity while inside the train. (PIA-NCR)