Commuters want more trains, not just more hours

by Patrick Quintos,

Posted at Feb 20 2014 11:58 PM | Updated as of Feb 21 2014 07:58 AM

MANILA -- Commuters doubt if the extended hours of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) can reduce long queues in stations, especially during rush hour.

The MRT has announced that from February 24 until March 7, its operations will start at 4:30 a.m. from the North Avenue station and 5 a.m. from the Taft Avenue station.

MRT services will also be extended in the evening to 10:30 p.m. from the North Avenue station and 11 p.m. from the Taft Avenue station, in addition to the earlier opening hours, starting March 10 to 21.

On Thursday, TV Patrol asked its Facebook and Twitter followers: "Palagay mo ba, mas iikli na ang mga pila kung aagahan ng MRT ang operasyon nito?"

Some social media users are willing to give MRT's plan a chance to resolve the problem.

Others want the MRT to push its operations to 24 hours, considering those who are working in graveyard shifts.

However, many social media users aren't satisfied with the extended-hours experiment of the MRT and insisted that adding more trains is the real long-term solution.

MRT's test will run for 4 weeks. MRT-3 will then make its recommendation to the DOTC on whether the extended operating hours should be regularized.