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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.

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Commuters patiently wait for their turn to board the MRT in North Avenue Station. (File photo: Mark Balmores)

“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.

  • Willie

    Mga hinayupak. During the construction of MRT2 nag cause ng sobrang traffic. Nagtiis ang mamamayan dahil sa pagaakala ng may magandang kahihinatnan, tapos ganyan lang pala. Majority ng pasahero ay working-force na malaki ang contribution sa tax at ang company na pinapasukan ay malaki rin ang contribution sa ekonomiya ng Pilipinas. Suggestions; Tanggalin ang mga MRT caoches at palitan ng mga wooden Trolleys. or e-convert ang rilis ng MRT into bus-lanes.

  • aristotle

    The number of people using MRT didn’t bloat overnight. They should have taken a hint and have seen this coming. The number of passengers is not the problem here. It’s why they couldn’t provide more coaches immediately.

  • neilabarca

    Inuudyukan ang mamamayan na sumalakay na lang ng public utility buses (PUB), mga pasaway na PUB, colorum bus, killer bus at mga BUS na naglipana ang mga holdupper at snatchers….

    Itinutulak ng Malakanyang sa bangin ng kapahamakan ang mamamayang commuter. Kung hirap at wala ng kakayahan ang Malakanyang na madevelop ang Metro Railway system (MRT / LRT), ang matagal ng hamon ng mamamayan sa gubyerno na manguna at itaguyod ang BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM (BRT) na laganap na sa maraming lunsod sa ASIA at ASEAN countries…

    Ang alam ng mga OFW sa maraming mauunlad na lunsod sa ASIA, ang PILIPINAS na lang ang nahuhuli pagdating sa BRT at mass transport system…

  • xpalaboyx

    They should invest in more mass transit projects…

  • etneroll

    Palibhasa di kayo sumasakay sa public transports kaya ganyan na lang ang nasasabi nyo…gawan nyo ng paraan para mapasilbihan nyo ang mga taong sinasabi ng amo mong “Kayo ang Boss ko.” Use your Emergency power to provide the necessary solution to this problem. Don’t wait for 2015 to solve this problem. Do it now! I am your boss!!!