In spite of this development, there will still be some of our countrymen who will need to purchase single journey tickets every time, not because they want to be inconvenienced all the time, but because that’s all they can afford, or that they were used to the sachet economy mindset.
Experts have said it over and over again, the only solution to this behemoth of a traffic problem is mass transport. But while we wait for the infrastructures and facilities for that, we offer an alternative. An app-based mass transport system we call U-HOP.
The government argues that it needs the extra funds to be able to improve the system further. Likewise, some new trains are expected to arrive at various parts of 2015 to supposedly improve the service. The public meanwhile is not too keen on a fare hike as they want to see the improvements first before paying for it. So who shall win?
Let’s hope this works and shortens travel time for everybody. Commuters will have to be careful though as I’d expect the lines at the platforms will be rumbled again and again since not every train will be relevant to everyone lined up.
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Of course irate customers flooded the social media to express their disgust and irritation. Understood, people are naturally resistant to change, and in fairness to MRT, maybe we can give them time to see if this change works. Now, that time is up. So please, MRT get back to us with your assessment.
It really helps to know what’s going on down there, micro-level and not just approaching policy-making on a macro-perspective. Boys, take your cue from the Ayalas.
I do hope DOTC has the grace under pressure, in order to comprehensively analyze whether the 2nd hand trains will indeed fit our current system, as we don’t want more useless trains in the MRT hubs.
Previously, major shuttle routes only include Montalban to Cubao (via Litex and San Mateo, Marikina) and Montalban to Philcoa. Those employed in business districts such as Ortigas, Makati, Global City or thereabouts will most likely get off in Cubao and take the Cubao MRT.
When we moved to northeast of Metro Manila, part of me was thinking (and wishing) that development up north will soon (or slowly) catch up with that of the south.