Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MRT glitches affecting commuters

MRT glitches affecting thousands of commuters made Senate sub committee for public service; Senator Grace Poe, Senator Sonny Angara, Senator Nancy Binay and Senator Bam Aquino files investigate and report MRT problems

Senator Grace Poe filed a bill that seeks to establish a National Transportation Safety Board that will investigate and report on various modes of travel.

She also pushes for the passage of her bill that seeks to ensure the safety of commuters and passengers throughout the country.

Senator Sonny Angara filed a resolution that directs the appropriate committee to investigate the recent incident involving the MRT 3 and to re-assess the current public and mass transport system in the country.

Angara aims to investigate in aid of legislation the MRT-3 incident last month and re-examine the mass-transport system for planning.

Senate Resolutions 840 and 841, filed by Senators Nancy Binay and Bam Aquino, respectively, will inquire into the increasing incidents of train malfunction arising from the supposedly inefficient operations and inadequate maintenance of MRT3.

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III also said he would also file a resolution, seeking a “deeper” probe on the accident.

Public challenged the Senators to experience riding the MRT train.

Before the hearing, Senator Grace Poe took the MRT train like any commuter.

She lined up at the MRT Station just like an ordinary passenger, she wears a white shirt and jeans, in a Quezon City station.

It was rush hour during her ride therefore she experiences broken ticketing machines, long lines, non-working escalators and elevators, and turnstile also ate up her ticket. She didn’t bring any security.

While DOTC Sec. Abaya also rode the train. But he was in full security and with bodyguards holding an umbrella for him.

He was criticised by the public because of showing off-concern to the real situation.

His actions were not a genuine concern. Reports cited that he was more concern to the income driven by the MRT operation.