Palace urges MRT passengers to ride buses
Malacañang called on the public to take the public utility buses instead of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) to go to work.
Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. presented the bus alternative to disgruntled MRT passengers to escape the pains of railway congestion.
“Yung MRT lang ba ang pwedeng sakyan doon sa mga rutang dinadaan nito? Baka naman pwedeng matuklasan ang mga ibang options, ma-encourage din sila gumamit ng ibang means of transportation [Is the MRT the only mode of transportation plying such route? The public may want to try other options and ride other means of transportation],” Coloma said in a Palace press briefing.
“Sa EDSA lang, libo-libong ang mga passenger buses. Hindi naman siksikan ang mga bus na yun [In EDSA, there are thousands of passengers buses. These buses are not that congested],” he added.
Coloma acknowledged that riding the MRT has its advantages, particularly faster transportation, since there is “no traffic.”
But for the meantime, Coloma said it was time to consider other modes of transportation, such as buses, until the arrival of the new MRT coaches.
To consumer groups reportedly seeking the resignation of MRT general manager Al Vitangcol III, Coloma said due process must be followed. He explained that the government is already working to solve the “transportation supply problem” in the MRT.
Coloma also rejected allegations that commuter problems in the MRT have worsened under the watch of Vitangcol.
“Ang pagdami ng tao masisi ba kay Vitangcol? [Should the increasing riding public be blamed on Mr. Vitangcol?],” the Palace official asked.
He insisted that MRT coaches are not enough to meet the huge number of passengers but efforts are underway to acquire additional coaches.
Transport officials earlier announced the purchase of 48 new MRT coaches to improve the service and solve the long passenger lines. The first batch of new MRT trains will arrive starting early next year.