Palace apologizes for long lines at MRT

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 04 2014 03:51 PM | Updated as of Apr 05 2014 05:50 AM

MANILA - A Palace official apologizes to the riding public for the long lines of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT).

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says the government is already working on long term and short-term interventions.”The long-term intervention is that we are now acquiring the coaches. That’s the only way that we can alleviate the difficulties that we are encountering in the MRT.

"(The) short-term interventions are there only to wait until the long-term intervention sets in. And if the lines are long, we sincerely apologize to our fellow citizens about this difficulty."

Still, the Palace is unsure if there can be any immediate relief for commuters who have to endure long lines while exposed to the elements. The MRT is said to carry more than its intended carrying capacity of about 350,000 commuters daily.

“We can ask DOTC [Department of Transportation and Communications] what the interventions are. The short-term interventions are to provide diligence...comfort lang talaga; and also to make sure that trains run on time. But we certainly are hoping for the time that this--we can acquire the coaches and really add to the present number of coaches in the MRT and LRT," Lacierda said.

Long lines outside the MRT’s North EDSA and Quezon Avenue stations are common during rush hours on weekdays.

Last Thursday, Malacañang apologized for the March 26 accident at the MRT which injured at least 8 passengers when a train came to an abrupt stop.