The countdown has already started and we're just a few days left before the years ends. But as the year comes to a close, I can't help but wonder: what happened to the MRT and LRT?
If I would describe MRT and LRT in a couple of words, it would have to be: A field of broken hope and dreams. In January this year, the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) increased their fare matrix by almost twice the previous fare with the promise of a better service. But now that the year is about to end, where is now the so-called "better service"?
As a commuter who always ride the LRT, I have not seen any major improvement at all except for the removal of the old magnetic cards being replaced by the BEEP cards which can be tapped and used on all rail lines. Did this make things easier? on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 2. It also made me wonder, why did the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya focused on these machines instead of improving the coaches? And speaking of coaches, the new trains are expected to arrive by January next year after DOTC approved the the delivery of 48 new trains this June. But why did it took them so long? I have a theory in mind: since 2016 will be the election period, I can't help but think that Abaya will just put the burden on all these things he have failed to do onto the next DOTC secretary. Talk about incompetence to the highest level. I still don't know why he is still the DOTC secretary when clearly, he is an irresponsible person and he is not fit for the post. Was there something good he has done in DOTC as its secretary? I don't think so. He has done nothing but cause trouble and pain to all commuters. So now that he is giving away promises that improvement for MRT is on its way already, as long as he is the secretary, I doubt we will see any improvement at all.
- Justin -