Netizens welcome MRT 'express trains'

Posted at 05/07/2014 10:47 PM | Updated as of 05/07/2014 10:47 PM

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.

Others even offered suggestions on how the government can ease the burdens of commuters, especially MRT passengers.

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.

Meanwhile, some passengers felt that the government fell short on informing the public about the express train scheme.

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