MRT-3 shutdown could disrupt Metro commerce

AS MUCH as Malacanang Palace wants to give in to the suggestion of Sen. Grace Poe to temporarily stop operations of the state-owned Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) until all technical problems are fixed, it could not do so because this would cause great inconvenience to the public.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque said that aside from great inconvenience, stopping MRT-3’s operations might disrupt economic activities in Metro Manila, which is heavily reliant on the aging mass transport system.

“While we share the concerns of everyone amid the glitches and technical issues bugging the train system, stopping the operations of the MRT-3 even if only temporarily will cause a huge inconvenience to the public” he said.

The MRT -3 ferries around 500,000 passengers daily most of whom are employees and workers of various government agencies and private offices and companies in and around Metro Manila.

Despite its almost daily glitches, it is still the fastest mode of transportation for more than 500, 000 people in going to and from South to North areas and vice versa daily.

Sen. Poe has earlier suggested to the MRT-3 officials to decide whether they should stop the train operations first to fix the technical problems of the MRT coaches.

Napakahirap. Gustuhin man namin i-total shut down malaking abala sa buong publiko ang mangyayari,” he said.

(This would be hard. As much as we wanted to, shutting down totally the MRT operations will be a huge inconvenience to the public.)

Train operations were disrupted last Thursday morning after a link between two MRT coaches got detached while in transit before approaching the northbound of Buendia and Ayala station, forcing passengers to disembark.

This incident was unusual from the almost regular cases of technical glitches experienced by the MRT-3. 

Also, a female passenger nearly lost her arm in an MRT-3 accident two days earlier after she lost her balance while about to disembark from one of its coaches.

 

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