MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Following massive, persistent problems being encountered by the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), Malacañang on Thursday urged Metro Manila commuters to try other modes of transportation — like tricycles.
“Yung MRT lang ba ang puwedeng sakyan doon sa mga rutang dinadaanan nito? Baka naman puwedeng matuklasan yung iba pang mga options,” Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said during a press briefing. (Is the MRT the only means of transportation to your destination? Perhaps you can try to discover other options.)
The Aquino administration specifically encouraged commuters to try riding tricycles which abound in Metro Manila. “These motorized pedicabs have been a very reliable mode of transportation in the Philippines for generations,” Coloma said.
No more long lines. No more waiting. No more delays. No more accidents.
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) – Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya today announced that the Philippine government will soon import a fleet of quadruple-decker buses from Japan as a way to ease Metro Manila’s worsening traffic and mass transportation nightmares.
Abaya, who is facing calls for his resignation because of his failure to address unsurmountable issues with MRT, Manila’s light railway system, as well as daily traffic gridlock in the metropolis, said his boss, President NoyNoy Aquino, has given the go-signal for the importation. The money needed to purchase the buses will come from DAP, the president’s taxpayer-funded Disbursement Acceleration Program.
The announcement comes just days after the Aquino government said it will phase out some 600,000 public utility jeepneys (PUJ) that are at least 15 years old.
In preparation for the arrival of the quaduple-deckers, the Department of Highways will begin dismantling overpasses along EDSA and other major thoroughfares in order to accommodate the height of the buses.
“We will finally see the end of long lines at the MRT stations as well as congested streets,” Abaya said.