Netizens welcome MRT 'express trains'
MANILA -- Netizens welcomed the testing of the Metro Rail Transit's (MRT) express trains on Wednesday, which aims to cut long lines at MRT stations.
Under the MRT's experimental scheme, the express trains will pick up passengers in Quezon Avenue, Kamuning and Cubao stations, and unload them at the Buendia, Ayala, Magallanes and Taft Avenue stations.
Aside from the express trains, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) also tested an articulated bus for MRT passengers along EDSA on the same day.
Meanwhile, the 19-meter bus accommodating 150 passengers was also tested along EDSA to pick up passengers from MRT stations in Buendia, Ayala, and Taft Avenue for P15.
TV Patrol asked Wednesday night on Facebook and Twitter, "Ano ang masasabi mo sa mga pansamantalang hakbang ng gobyerno para maibsan ang mahahabang pila sa MRT?"
Majority of netizens supported the government’s "baby steps" to ease the flow of MRT commuters and said that Filipinos should give it a chance and see how it goes for a few days.
— Lei (@reyesjoram) May 7, 2014
@TVPatrol Mas maganda kung masusubukan,sa una lang maraming reklamo.. pero kung magiging maayos tuloy na nila..
— Beth R.Marasigan (@puza65) May 7, 2014
articulated bus na lang ang bumyahe sa pilipinas.bawas na sa volume ng bus,mas madami pang maisasakay,iwas aksidente pa sa laki! #TVPatrol
— Agot Reyes (@DarkHorse782010) May 7, 2014
— Gem Agudo Cabreros (@G_A_Cabreros) May 7, 2014
— Anna Azriffah G. (@annaazriffahsg) May 7, 2014
— anna (@annabelbelly) May 7, 2014
— Jay-ar B. Rubianes (@imJBRubianes) May 7, 2014
— Rodney Garcia (@rodneygarcia) May 7, 2014
— Anthony_19 (@mark06241993) May 7, 2014
— Carlo Rojas (@Carldabuilder) May 7, 2014
— dUh (@GinoongDada) May 7, 2014
Others even offered suggestions on how the government can ease the burdens of commuters, especially MRT passengers.
Ang cool ng idea ng articulated bus kaso di sya recommended sa mga nagmamadali knowing how unpredictable traffic in EDSA is. #TVPatrol
— Lorena (@enauniverse) May 7, 2014
— Angel Mendoza (@kristenangelm) May 7, 2014
Hawakan ng govt at iformat ang bus system same sa HK better pa #tvpatrol
— Arnold Villegas (@arcanville) May 7, 2014
— Joseph Benedito (@Seppphhh) May 7, 2014
Our railway system is not like of Japan's or NY's. Please, stop experimenting. Thanks for the effort though. We need new trains! #TVPatrol
— Jake (@jakolmemaybe) May 7, 2014
@TVPatrol It's ok but traffic will defeat the Bendy Bus' purpose of being an alternative to MRT's if it can't get a dedicated lane.
— Gian Barroga (@BuggsBunnyfacio) May 7, 2014
— frietz (@Iamfrietz) May 7, 2014
However, there were also some who pointed out that the express trains and the articulated bus will not be sustainable and that it will not be effective in the long run.
— Bry C. Ralleca (@bisesibry) May 7, 2014
— Margaret Limqueco (@Yummy_Margarita) May 7, 2014
— lance_me (@lance_me) May 7, 2014
— Frank Daño (@ImYourFrank) May 7, 2014
Meanwhile, some passengers felt that the government fell short on informing the public about the express train scheme.
@TVPatrol dapat well.informed muna yung mga pasahero .. 1 to weeks ahead b4 ipatupad para hndi hassle ..
— LEE (@shairaclee) May 7, 2014
— Topey Calangi (@topeycalangi) May 7, 2014
Despite the government's latest effort to cut long lines at MRT stations, passengers are still looking forward for new coaches as a permanent solution to the problem. -- Report from Aira Leigh Bagtas