Here in my country there are three train systems, the LRT 1, LRT 2, and MRT 3. Then there's the old train system called the PNR. The MRT and LRT lines serve the different cities in the metro while the PNR system reaches some northern provinces and local cities in its route.
Back in the day, when I worked in a northern city, my commute involved riding the MRT. What would usually take two to three hours by bus, the MRT trip can complete in 45 minutes. Of course that was the main selling point of the MRT, faster and shorter travel time. The coaches have ACs and it is a comfortable ride. More comfortable than sitting in traffic, part of the congestion that we call Manila.
That was then though...
Nowadays, the lines in MRT stations are like the bumper to bumper traffic that we have on a payday weekend. With a lot of people riding the trains at peak hours, passengers are crammed in coaches like sardines. The ACs are no match for the collective body heat of almost 600k sweating bodies!!! Just this morning, the MRT had a limited operation because of a damaged part track!
What used to be a relaxing ride is now a train wreck!!!
To my local connections, do you take the MRT/LRT/PNR train lines? Do share your experiences.
To my international readers, what's the railway system like in your country? Do share.
By the way, I typed this post while riding the train from the most northern station up to the station in the financial district.
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