Every week seems to have gone from bad to worst, and everyday is the baddest of them all. A few weeks ago, The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) already had it in the offing when the South-bound commute was temporarily closed from Shaw to EDSA-Taft Station. So from North Ave., the ride will only take you to Shaw. That happened on a Saturday late afternoon. Then it happened one more time the following Monday.
And even days before that incident, the MRT trains suffered from an on and off technical difficulties and obviously, the paying passengers were the ones who got hassled.
Just so when MRT issued a no turn back policy to (as what they want us to believe) prevent people from taking the round trip ride that usually occur between Ayala and EDSA Taft Station, long lines developed and most of the stations suffered the domino effect. Imagine from North EDSA you’ll see bunch of lines forming all the way up to the UNTV Network building and the other all the way to the footbridge fronting SM North EDSA. To picture that, this North EDSA station is situated in front of TriNoma Mall EDSA side.
Out of disgust, one netizen made a viral statement regarding his disappointments to MRT’s poor system with matching hashtag #MRTBulok. His rants on MRT’s social network site was taken down by the admin’s page. But not until thousands of readers shared it on their profile walls.
Weeks and weeks or maybe years before this hullabaloo, MRT was demanding an increase in fare because they said that the company does not met the financial income they have projected from the subsidization program. Not meeting the financial income? The question is, how many passengers does the MRT services everyday?
From a report of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), they released a figure that the rail transit line has an original design capacity of only 350,000 passengers per day. According to current MRT-3 data, it is already averaging 560,000 passengers daily, and its highest recorded number of single-day riders has reached 620,000.
While having no contractual relationship, the DOTC says that MRT Holdings II should be held accountable for Metro Rail Transit Corporation’s (MRTC) failure to add much-needed train coaches to the rail line, after it claimed to own 100% of MRTC. So are you surprised that Anakpawis and other groups have gone protesting and denouncing MRT management? (RELATED: Anakpawis rallies and denounces MRT General Manager Vitangcol)
“Passenger safety and convenience demand that the project proceed immediately. MRTC has received over P 35.2 Billion in equity rental payments since 2000. Yet it has added zero LRVs, knowing full well that MRT-3 has been operating beyond capacity for years. MRT Holdings II must answer the obvious question: why hasn’t it added LRVs to MRT-3 all this time?” said DOTC Spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal. (Source: DOTC READY TO DEFEND PUBLIC INTEREST, NEED FOR ADDITIONAL MRT-3 COACHES)
Let’s leave that matter now as we just want that report as a little backgrounder only so we’ll arrive to some assumptions why the MRT services is slowly decaying and depleting.
Almost everyday, an over-crowded amount of daily passengers suffered from this decaying service. On March 25, it was reported that 3 different trains coming from 3 different stations suddenly hit hard the emergency brakes, all at the very same time resulting to multiple injured passengers. How does this happened? Then on the following day, another electrical or technical failure was reported as some trains from different stations had to stop for a while. Hassles.
So what does the MRT trying to tell us? I guess they’re playing up with the passengers wit and he who surrenders first will lose the battle.
MRT wants to send us a message. FARE INCREASE. Repeat. FARE INCREASE. Altogether now. FARE INCREASE.
They are using the technical, electrical and the ‘no turn back’ policy as a way to convince our mind that it is hell-time to finally give way to a FARE INCREASE!
They are trying to rig our minds that there are no choices but to bow down to FARE INCREASE. Are we going to give in?
We say YES. But ONLY if MRT Management improves their services, upgrade their coaches, add more trains, upgrade depleting stations, improve the ticketing system, and improve the waiting time for train arrivals. We will give in to FARE INCREASE until they give us even just half of the bargain.
Until then, the choice is ours. MRT? Bus? Over-priced taxi fares? Car-pooling? Or if you have the money, just buy your own car. But the mass transporters doesn’t have the means to buy cars much as are willing to pay over-priced taxi fares or unwillingly fall victims to unscrupulous drivers.. They are the ones left with no choices but to ride the MRT.
And now the Palace is following that suit. Not in favor of the public but instead ‘allying’ with the MRT management.
“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.
He specifically encouraged commuters to try riding passenger buses, thousands of which supposedly traverse EDSA daily.
“Hindi naman siksikan yung mga bus na ‘yun,” he said.
“Siyempre may advantages yung MRT in terms of economy and efficiency, dahil nga walang traffic kapag nakasakay ka na. Pero siguro panahon na para tingnan din yung ibang mga opsyon habang hinihintay natin yung pagdating ng mga bagong bagon ng MRT,” he added. (Source: Palace to MRT passengers: Try other modes of transportation)
What?! The Palace is really encouraging all to take instead other transport options when in the fact MRT is the fastest and (should have been) the most convenient from all public vehicles. That is such a lame reasoning for the government who doesn’t even know the real meaning of ‘public commuting!’ Because they don’t! Have you seen these government plate nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8? And it goes up to with plate numbers up to 16! Hello???? And they are even exempted from color-coding schemes.
Ride and suffer the daily grind of commuting. Suffer the consequences of either getting mugged, robbed, and for the females, taken advantaged by perverts. Not to mention to suffer from headaches and nausea from different smells the passenger will encounter on a sardine-like packed coaches.
And yes, the MRT Management will not be held liable for these consequences brought up by their incompetence and failure to deliver fast, safe and convenient ride from north to south and south to north.
They are not accountable if you lose your wallet, your mobile phones, your kids, and or your dignity.
All they do is remind us that “IWASAN PO NATIN SUMANDAL SA MAGKABILANG PINTO UPANG HINDI MAKAABALA SA MGA SASAKAY NA PASAHERO. INGATAN PO ANG INYONG MGA GAMIT SA MGA MANDURUKOT AT MAGNANAKAW. SALAMAT PO SA PAGSAKAY SA MRT.”
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