Palace wants no more glitches in MRT, LRT

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 21 2014 03:07 PM | Updated as of Apr 21 2014 11:14 PM

MANILA - Malacanang told the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to make sure there won’t be any more glitches in the operations of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems.

This comes after glitches were reported earlier on Monday, the first working day after the Holy Week break when a scheduled maintenance of the train systems took place.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said, “Kailangang mapanumbalik sa regular at normal na operasyon. Kung ano man ‘yung aberyang nangyari ay kinakailangang mahanapan o magawan ng lunas at maibalik sa normal dahil napakahalaga ng maayos na pagdaloy ng operations ng MRT at ito ay umaapekto sa libu-libo nating mga kababayan na umaasa rito para sa kanilang pang-araw-araw na transportasyon.”

He said the efficient operation of the MRT and LRT systems will be the administration’s top priority.

Coloma maintained that the contractors for the operation and maintenance of the lines are also being monitored for their performances.

“Ang aking pagkaunawa ay ‘yon ang ipinapatupad sa kanila para maging karapat-dapat sila sa kontratang umiiral. Dapat ay maging responsive sila doon sa performance targets dahil serbisyo publiko ‘yung kanilang ginagampanan,” he said.

The performance targets include higher reliability and greater availability of coaches.

According to the DOTC, the new coaches for the MRT will arrive in early 2015.