Commuters want more trains, not just more hours
MANILA -- Commuters doubt if the extended hours of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) can reduce long queues in stations, especially during rush hour.
The MRT has announced that from February 24 until March 7, its operations will start at 4:30 a.m. from the North Avenue station and 5 a.m. from the Taft Avenue station.
MRT services will also be extended in the evening to 10:30 p.m. from the North Avenue station and 11 p.m. from the Taft Avenue station, in addition to the earlier opening hours, starting March 10 to 21.
Some social media users are willing to give MRT's plan a chance to resolve the problem.
— Omnie Superb (@SBomnie) February 20, 2014
— Jane (@iamharlshon) February 20, 2014
— Jessa Recaña (@canyaps) February 20, 2014
Hindi ako active na commuter pero siguro mas magiging ok kung magiging 24 hours nalang ang operasyon ng MRT. #TVPatrol
— mhae villegas (@mhaevillegas) February 20, 2014
Others want the MRT to push its operations to 24 hours, considering those who are working in graveyard shifts.
— leif zander (@honorlzcs) February 20, 2014
— Rei Josh Olivares (@REIgosyante) February 20, 2014
However, many social media users aren't satisfied with the extended-hours experiment of the MRT and insisted that adding more trains is the real long-term solution.
— Aldrin Mendoza (@itsmearinLAMB) February 20, 2014
sa tingin ko, magdagdag pa ng mga tren na maluluwag at malalaki then, gawin nilang 24/7 para di lahat naghahabol sa cut-off. #TVPatrol
— Bryan Benida (@bryanbenida) February 20, 2014
@TVPatrol Hindi! Mga piling oras lang naman dagsa ang tao sa mrt! Sabay-sabay ang dating!
— jonjon mindajao (@jhon1022) February 20, 2014
— Rain Ramos-Dela Rosa (@imyourrai) February 20, 2014
— ?? ? ?? ? (@LightYoFireSeop) February 20, 2014
MRT's test will run for 4 weeks. MRT-3 will then make its recommendation to the DOTC on whether the extended operating hours should be regularized.