LOOK! Official promises to eliminate long lines at MRT stations by yearend

The scene in the movie entitled Train to Busan which shows that a lot of passengers are in a hurry to get into the train in order to save themselves from zombies is like the everyday scenario inside Metro Rail Transit every day.


But passengers should expect a level up from this scenario since Engineer Deo Leo Manalo, director for operations of MRT 3 assured commuters that there will no longer be lining up moments in the said stations by yearend.

This has been announced by Manalo during a senate hearing of the Senate committee on Public Services headed by its chairman, Senator Grace Poe.

“By end of the year po, we’re projecting…actually ngayon po, sir, may pila sa peak hours but during off peak, wala na pong pila. But end of the year, sir, sigurado pong mawawala na ‘yung pila,” Manalo said, responding to Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon’s question.

Drilon asked again if Manalo is giving a guarantee to people to eliminate those long lines.

“Yes sir,” Manalo responded.

The MRT 3 official also said that the 23 trains that are currently operating can carry about 500,000 passengers a day. By 2018 however, more trains will be added that could increase passengers to 700,000.

Manalo also shared the vision of their agency to have a more efficient operation in 2019 that could result into 800,000 passengers a day carried by the trains.

“So in summary you’re saying from the current 500,00, hopefully by 2019— you will have 800,000 capacity?” Poe asked.

Poe asked further if these projects would lessen people who line up every day at MRT stations.

“Mababawasan po ang pila,” Manalo answered.

The MRT 3 official however revised his answer when Drilon asked when the long lines of commuters would totally disappear.

Source: Inquirer