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Social Distancing In Public Transportation To Be Reduced On Monday

SOCIAL DISTANCING – The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) recently approved the reduction of social distancing on public transportation.

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Sumasakay ng pampublikong bus ang mga mananakay na ito sa MRT orth Ave. Station noong ika-7 ng Hulyo, 2020 | Image from: PhilStar

In exchange the number of passengers in public transportation are expected to increase starting Monday, according to PhilStar.

This was confirmed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), who added that the plan came from the Economic Development Cluster (EDC).

“There is a need to safely optimize the carrying capacity of the various public transport modes as Metro Manila and its adjacent areas continue with the transition towards the ‘new normal’ where more workers are expected to return to their re-opened work places,” 

This came from a statement from DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, who also said that more business are expected to resume operations.

“[M]ore businesses are expected to resume operations that were stopped during the enforcement of strict quarantine measures.”

Social distancing between passengers of MRT, LRT and Philippine National Railways (PNR) will be reduced to 0.75 meters from 1 meter. It is set to be implemented on the 14th of September.

Based on the report, Tugade initially eyed for a 0.5 meter distance in the next two weeks then to 0.3 after a month.

Here is the supposed list of the new distancing and passenger capacity in the said trains in the next days:

  • LRT-1
    • 1-meter: 155
    • 0.75-meter: 204
    • 0.5-meter: 255
    • 0.3-meter: 300
  • LRT-2
    • 1-meter: 160
    • 0.75-meter: 212
    • 0.5-meter: 274
    • 0.3-meter: 502
  • MRT-3 
    • 1-meter: 153
    • 0.75-meter: 204
    • 0.5-meter: 255
    • 0.3-meter: 286
  • PNR
    • 1-meter: 166
    • 0.75-meter: 184
    • 0.5-meter: 256
    • 0.3-meter: 320

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