Crashing of 3 rail systems in Metro Manila causes transport crisis

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Metro Manila experiences mass transport crisis due to suspended operations of three rail systems.

Three rail systems in Metro Manila have crashed in a week, causing a mass transport crisis in the capital city. 

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said trains available now are not enough to cater to commuters including employees and students. Crisis has gotten worse following the suspended operation in the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 since Thursday.  

“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,”  Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes stated.

Reyes added that he could not remember a time when all the trains have crashed within the same week. 

On October 2, operations in the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) stopped for a while due to a power glitch caused by the power supply from Ayala to Taft Avenue stations. 

The following day, Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) operations were suspended resulting from some mechanical issues. On that day, an interruption in the operations of LRT-2 also occurred after the Katipunan-Santolan Stations power rectifier tripped and started to burn. 

In the meantime, LRT-2 implements partial operations as of Monday while operations to and from Santolan and Katipunan, according to an LRT official, might be suspended for a minimum of nine months. 

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“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,” Reyes said. 

He also suggested that the problems in the rail systems and the transport crisis are enough for the government to conduct an 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?”  Reyes asked.

In addition, he voiced out for the commuters who have been asking if the government is actually planning to act on the country’s transport system “on the basis of service and not business.”

“[D]oes it depend with the administration’s continuously changing stance and some people’s desire for profit?” Reyes said.

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