Metro Manila suffers mass transportation crisis- Bayan

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Photo: Philippine Daily Inquirer

A militant group announced that Metro Manila is currently experiencing mass transport crisis as three rail systems in the capital broke down within a week.

There are not enough trains to accommodate commuters going to work or school, more importantly the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 2 remains non-operational on Monday, according to Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan).

Bayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes said in a statement “We have a mass transport crisis […] Of the limited trains that we do have, all three suffered glitches last week. The LRT 1, LRT 2 and MRT 3 all experienced technical issues that disrupted operations,”

“I cannot remember a time when all three had glitches in the same week,” he added

It was reported on October 2, 2019 that a power glitch caused Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 to cease operations for a moment. The insufficient power supply from Ayala to Taft Avenue stations caused the inconvenience to hundreds of riders.

To add, the day after MRT malfunctioned, LRT 1 stopped operations from Monument to Roosevelt due to mechanical failure. Moreover, the LRT 2 suspends the whole operation as the power rectifier between Katipunan and Santolan stations tripped and burnt.

The Light Rail Transit Authority said that operations to and from Santolan and Katipunan may be suspended for at least nine months.

“As for the MRT 3 and LRT 1, they should abandon any proposal for a fare hike given the quality of service that they have given commuters,” he added.

Reyes said that this issue should be enough for a legislative investigation.

“Is this situation not yet a cause for a legislative investigation? Shouldn’t this be examined during the budget hearings as there are government agencies involved? When will the Senate look into these issues?” he asked.