Ticket To Ride
Here's my ticket to ride, do you have yours?
Not pertaining to one of The Beatles' most iconic songs but actually would like to talk about the sad state of our country's railway system. We have four actually. The Philippines National Railway (PNR) which is really old, the Light Railway Transit, which we have two, LRT-1 and LRT-3, and the Metro Railway Transit, which I have rode often in the past and will be the topic of this post.
The MRT runs through EDSA, one of the busiest and longest stretch of highway in the metro. The MRT has been in the news recently due to the wrong reasons. The MRT is a relic, a fossil of a bygone era that still uses antiquated technology. Compared to the railway systems of other countries, the MRT is by far the slowest and the most uncomfortable ride you'll have in your life. For someone like me who lives in the south but used to works up north, the MRT was my only means to come to work on time without going through EDSA. EDSA is known to be the world's busiest and longest stretch of parking lot during rush hour.
However, the MRT has more than its fair share of accidents. Aside from the delays because of stalling trains, one recent accident involved one of its trains over shooting the rails and smashing through the concrete barrier of its last station down south. It resulted in numerous injuries but the good thing is that no one was fatally injured.
The other day, parts of its underground rails were flooded hence the service was limited to just the northern stations. To make matters worse, the two stations that had flooded rails are two of the busiest stations in the line.
Add these incidents to the daily delayed trips which result in long lines and you have the perfect recipe for a very bad train trip.
Image Credit » Photo is mine. A single-trip ticket for one of Manila's rail systems.