Long MRT queue lines hopes to be resolved by December


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MANILA, Philippines - It is no secret that the country’s public transportation system - especially within Metro Manila, is pretty much chaotic. From jeepneys, buses and even just colorum tricycles, the roads are littered with both legal and illegal modes that it has become difficult to differentiate one from the other. However, arguably one of the most integral parts of the whole scheme are the trains like the MRT.

Long MRT queue lines hopes to be resolved by December

Running along EDSA, the line services countless of Pinoys every day - be it those who opt to ride the train than traversing the usually congested highway or those who have no choice but to use the amenity. Nevertheless, it is one of the main modes of transport in the capital and its faulty lines, lack of trains and long passenger queues have made it more difficult to go from North to South and vice versa.

Fortunately, if concerned officials’ projection eventually comes to fruition, MRT commuters will have a more convenient and efficient way of traveling through the MRT before the year ends.

“Actually, ngayon po, well, may pila sa peak hour pero during off peak, wala nang pila. But by end of the year, siguradong wala na pong pila,” Engr. Deo Manalo, MRT 3 director for operations revealed during today’s Senate public services committee hearing.

According to Manalo, through the rehabilitation program geared towards better MRT’s service, passengers per direction can increase significantly from the current state of 17,730 to 23,600. This, in turn, will while the daily estimated ridership will increase from 600,000 to 700,000 passengers.

The hearing was prompted due to the continued MRT train trip breakdowns in the last couple of months. The Senate, specifically Senator Grace Poe who heads the aforementioned committee, wanted to discuss the concrete plan mapped out by MRT officials as to how the transport service can be improved.

“Napakalaking perwisyo sa mga pasahero kapag nasisira ang MRT lalo na kapag ilang minuto na silang nakapila tapos tsaka sasabihin na magkakaroon pa ng delay. Trapik na nga sa kalsada pero madalas, mas napapabilis pa byahe nila kapag nagbus na lang sila papunta sa kanilang paroroonan,” Poe said.

--Ana Dumaraog, The Summit Express

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