Trains and Buses in the Philippines to Possibly Resume Partial Operations

  • 6 months   ago

Safety measures like "no mask, no ride" would be in place.

The Department of Transportation said on April 22 that it is looking into the partial resumption of mass public transportation services amid the COVID-19 crisis.

According to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, buses and train lines may soon begin to operate with strict measures to prevent the further spread of the virus. Tugade shares that newly appointed National Economic and Development Authority acting secretary, Karl Chua, submitted studies on the possibility of partial operations for public transportation on April 20. This move is subject to the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19's approval.





"If Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) will allow, we will partially operate, but the operational capacity  will be lessened to adhere to precautionary measures set by the Department of Health on social distancing," Tugade said in a press briefing.

If the IATF gives the go signal, Tugade said buses and the MRT, LRT 1 and 2, and PNR train lines should only operate 30% of their full capacity in order to maintain social distance between passengers. Commuters may also be required to wear face masks, undergo thermal scanning, and observe strict physical distancing while in a train or bus—and while waiting for your ride.