Chiz: Senate to probe MRT, LRT woes

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2014 08:44 PM | Updated as of Mar 29 2014 04:44 AM

MANILA - The Senate committee on finance will be looking into the delays in the implementation of plans to improve the services of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Senator Francis Escudero said on Friday.

Escudero, who chairs the Senate committee, earlier filed a resolution to look into the absorptive capacity of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), as well the delays in its projects for the mass railway systems.

"Kasama sa ipapatawag namin sa Committee on Finance ang Department of Transportation and Communication, particularly ang nagha-handle ng MRT on the implementation of their projects dahil kabilang sa mga rason kung bakit may delay, may palpak, may mga aksidente ay dahil ang mga proyekto na matagal na dapat ipinatupad sa MRT at LRT ay sobra na ang delay at hindi napapatupad," he said.

"Iyang pila na lamang 'yan na napakahaba, ang rason diyan ay delay sa pagbili ng bagong tren at dagdag na tren," he added.

MRT general manager Al Vitangcol III on Wednesday admitted that the system was not designed for the future.

"I can directly say that the MRT, when it started in 1999, was not designed for the future. The management did not foresee the number of ridership," he told dzMM.

MRT serves 560,000 passengers a day, Vitangcol said.

Vitangcol said that based on their records, the MRT’s capacity was reached as early as 2008.

“Dapat noong 2008 pa may mga bagong bagon na,” he said.

To address the problem, he said the MRT management has ordered 48 trains, the first three of which are set to arrive early next year.