The Department of Transportation (DoTr) guidelines for areas under a General Community Quarantine (image from the DoTr Facebook Page)

Public transport in Metro Manila will be allowed to operate once again but on limited capacity to observe physical distancing once the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted by May 16 .

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that the MRT-3 will run at 13% capacity or 51 passengers per train car, the LRT-1 with only 12% of its capacity or 43 passengers per train car, the LRT-2 at only 10% capacity or with only 40 passengers and the PNR at 20% capacity or with only 148 passengers.

The capacities were arrived at through a simulation made by the DOTr while maintaining a one-meter distance from each passenger.

“Presence of markings, signages, tarpaulins and other logistics will be utilized to ensure its firm implementation,” the DOTr said in a statement.

Also following the Department of Health (DOH) protocol, passengers who will not be permitted to board the trains are senior citizens, persons aged 0-20, pregnant women, those not wearing face masks, those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, and with a body temperature of over 37.8 °C.

Regular disinfection will also be undertaken on train interiors, station premises and other facilities while handwashing and disinfectant stations will also be installed in train stations as a sanitary precaution.

Meanwhile, bus and jeepney drivers will be required to use gloves and face masks while passenger load should only be at a maximum of 50% of the vehicles’ capacity. 

For taxis and UV Express, there should only be a maximum of two passengers in a row while tricycles must only be one passenger in the side-car with no back-ride permitted. No back-ride is permitted for motorcycles as well.

Starting May 1, the national government permitted some public vehicles to get back on the roads in low to moderate-risk areas.  (Jojo Mangahis)