DOTC vows to improve MRT in 100 days

DOTC vows to improve MRT in 100 days

- DOTC poses a timeline of 100 days to improve MRT service for the commuters

- Their top priority is to add more trains and upgrade the power system 

- DOTC admitted it will take time to finish as it involves constructions in major highways like EDSA

DOTC vows to improve MRT in 100 days

DOTC vows to solve MRT problems in 100 days. Photo from businessmirror.com

Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) undersecretary Noel Kintanar promised to improve the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) in the first 100 days of the Duterte administration.

They plan to add more trains and upgrade signaling and power systems. On July 7 alone, the train has 6 instances of technical problems.

Commuters prefer the MRT when they go to their destinations as it is significantly cheaper and faster. But as a principal mode of mass transport in the metro, it is not stress-free.

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Problems such as the sudden stop in the middle of transit are encountered by the commuters. Most opt to have the MRT as a mode of transportation to get to their destination fast, but most of the time,  they're left with no choice but to wait for hours because of the technical issues that the supposed reliable mode of transformation faces from time to time.

The long queues in MRT stations caused by a limited number of trips are also one of the alarming problems that need to be addressed. This is on top of the lack of ventilation inside which adds discomfort to the already stressed passengers.

In this regard, the DOTC has vowed to solve the MRT problem by posting a project timeline. The transportation department guarantees better conditions of MRT within the first 100 days of the administration.

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Undersecretary said that the most critical issue now is improving the power supply as the trains are run by electricity. So even if there will be additional trains if the power supply is not enough, the whole MRT system operation will still experience issues.

Kintanar said that we should expect the project to take time, especially because it will involve constructions along EDSA. The estimate for the projects to finish is 2 to 2 ½ years.

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