Will ‘business class’ MRT coaches entice motorists to use public transport?

One senator thinks so
by Leandre Grecia | Oct 3, 2019
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The EDSA traffic saga continues, and ideas continue to pop up left and right like mushrooms.

The latest pitch in this discussion comes from Senator Grace Poe. According to a report by Inquirer, the senator mentioned during a Senate hearing the idea of adding business-class train coaches to the existing MRT-3 line. She says that this will not only contribute to improving the current railway system, but also to help ease the traffic along Metro Manila’s most notorious thoroughfare.

May nagsabi sa akin. Ewan ko if this is something you can consider. But habang ginagawa ninyo yung Dalian trains, baka daw pwedeng a few specific coaches or trains will be designated as business coaches,” said the senator. “Meron silang guaranteed space and designated line. Bakit? Because yung mga tao who can afford to pay that amount are probably those who have private vehicles.”

These premium coaches, apart from having designated areas for separate queues, would charge P200 to P300 per passenger. The revenues generated from these would supposedly aid the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in executing future projects.

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Meanwhile, DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade remains open to the suggestion, referring to other planned railway lines in the Philippines which have several train classes as well. “Pwede nating pag-aralan, kapag nakuha na natin yung tamang numero na mag-o-operate.”

Do you think this suggestion is feasible? Also, do you think this will actually help? The comments section is open.

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