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You Might Queue For Three Hours at the MRT When It Reopens

This will be the new normal for a very long time.
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Commuters in Metro Manila know how difficult it is to practice physical distancing when riding public transport, especially when traveling via the city’s trains. This is why the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will only allow the major rail lines to resume operations at a limited capacity once the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the capital is lifted.

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But limiting the capacities of the trains won’t lessen the demand for its services. Trains are usually packed with people even during off-peak hours. This could easily result in long waiting lines. The MRT-3 management knows this, and it has advised its commuters to anticipate longer queues at the train stations once the ECQ is lifted.

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According to a report by GMA, commuters who used to allot 30 minutes of waiting time before boarding the MRT have been told to expect queues that could last for about two to three hours post-ECQ. Doing the math, this just means that with these new policies in place, the actual waiting time will be at least four times longer than before.

If you found the daily commute hellish a few months back, you’ll be in for a surprise once we arrive at the "new normal" when the ECQ is lifted. 

This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.phMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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