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MANILA – The railway lines are ready to extend their trips on Monday, the first day of the transport strike of some groups of drivers and operators of public utility jeepneys (PUJs) to mitigate its effect on the public commuters.

Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Cesar B. Chavez said the railway lines that are ready to extend their trips include the Philippine National Railways (PNR), the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) and the Light Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2 (LRT-1 and 2).

“The PNR has now 14 trainsets from seven in August 2022. With the transport strike, it will extend its operation by adding 14 trips today, March 6, making the total trips to 60 from 46,” Chavez said, citing a report from the PNR management.

It will also add one trip from Tutuban Station and extend its trip departing at 8:46 p.m. from 7:46 p.m., he added.

Chavez said the MRT-3, though in normal operation, is ready to extend its operation for the last trip from North Avenue Station to 10 p.m. from 9:30 p.m. and from Taft Avenue Station to 10:41 p.m. from 10:11 p.m., when necessary.

Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) spokesperson Jacqueline Gorospe assured the DOTr, through Chavez, that the LRMC is prepared to ensure service and manpower availability for LRT-1. The LRMC is the contract operator of the LRT-1.

The LRT-2’s regular trip from Recto Station is until 9:30 p.m. If extended, the last trip will be until 10 p.m. (PNA)