A long queue of commuters in MRT station.
One of the changes that the commuter will feel in the next 100 days is the improvement at MRT 3.
The transportation department is eager to shorten the long queues at the stations.
Twenty trains during rush hour is the ideal number to avoid the long queue.
Now, the number of trains do not go below fifteen every day.
“The parts are coming in. The maintenance provider is doing a good job of maintaining the trains. That’s one of the target and objectives of the new management of DOT,” said MRT General Manager Roman Buenafe.
According to the new undersecretary for rail, Noel Kintanar, long queues at the station are an indication of a problem.
“The ultimate indicator for success and failure in MRT-3, LRT-1 and LRT-2 are the queues. Let us not complicate things. Commuters only wish to shorten the queue,” Kintanar said.
But two things have to be done to maintain the excellent service of MRT: the upgrade of the signaling system and power supply.
Kintanar said, even if new trains will arrive, they cannot be utilized if the signaling system and power supply will not be upgraded.
The power supply and the signaling system are expected to be upgraded in the first quarter of 2017 along with the arrival of the 40 new coaches from China.
If this happens, the speed of the trains will increase. And there will be a four-car train on the rails.
“There are 3 coaches in 1 train. Think of it as 4 coaches. This means that it will increase by 33%. Commuters will feel the change and that is what we’re after,” Kintanar added.
The transportation department is now fixing the location where the common station will be constructed.
The department assures that it will be constructed in a location that is beneficial to everyone.
The transportation deparment is appealing to the commuters to be more patient. Real change is not achieved in only one day. More time is needed plus the cooperation of everyone.