MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Move over, Six Flags and Great America. Here comes Manila’s open-door roller coaster train, the world’s first low-cost amusement mass commuter train.
For thrill-seekers, riding the Light Railway Train (LRT) in Manila is an experience like no other. Imagine riding in a packed train car, running at full-speed above ground with its doors fully open!
Well, we can’t describe the feeling, but student James Cubelo can, and shares his selfie video with readers and followers of The Adobo Chronicles.
It’s more fun in the Philippines. We mean really, really more fun!
This newest attraction is brought to you by the Aquino government.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – A better Metro Rail Transit (MRT) system in the coming months is guaranteed by the Philippines’ Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to commuters with the arrival of new coaches, CNN reports.
But if you ask the MRT Holdings, Inc. (MRTH), mother company of the MRT Corporation, private owner of the MRT, it wouldn’t recommend taking the new train for safety reasons.
“We feel this is a danger to the riding public. Not to mention a danger to the system itself. It might destroy the MRT system itself, that we own,” MRTH Chairman Robert Sobrepeña said.
Sobrepeña claims that Chinese firm Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co., Ltd., which is supplying the new coaches, has no track record of building a similar train type. “That means this is a guinea pig that we are testing. I wouldn’t ride it. I wouldn’t risk my life on an LRV (light rail vehicle) manufactured by a company that’s never made such an LRV.”
In 2013, President Noynoy Aquino said that if the problems that have consistently plagued the MRT were not solved by the end of 2015, he and Transportatiom Secretary Joseph Abaya will let themselves be run over by a train. The Filipinos are still waiting for that promise to be fulfilled.
In the meantime, Metro Manila’s mass transportation continues to be a mess.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Relief is finally coming to the millions of daily commuters on Metro Manila’s light railway system, the LRT and the MRT.
The mass transportation system has been plagued by overcrowding, long and winding lines, accidents and constant passenger frayed nerves. Not to mention the latest unpopular fare increases which have prompted quite a few protest marches.
Acknowledging that the situation is all but hopeless, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jose Emilio Abaya today announced that the government is giving up on the MRT and will revert to good old buses.
But in order not to make the already nightmarish traffic that’s a common daily occurence on Metro Manila’s roadways any worse than it already is, Abaya said that the government will replace the trains with 5-decker buses.
Initially, some 500 units of the tall buses were ordered from Volvo and are expected to arrive in Manila from Sweden by April 1st this year. Each bus has a seating capacity of 250 passengers. Standing capacity will easily add another 250 passengers per bus. Abaya said the 500 units should be sufficient to fill the gap that the MRT trains will create once they get de-commissioned.
The first deck of the buses will be reserved for senior citizens and people with disabilities, as well as for people who suffer from acrophobia, or the fear of heights. Acrophobics must present a doctor’s letter or certification in order to use the first deck.
Metro Manila may finally see the end to its public transportation woes and its mass transit system could become a model for the world.