MRT 3 Gets Short of Magnetic Tickets; Expect Long Queues at the Stations

MRT 3 Gets Short of Magnetic Tickets; Expect Long Queues at the Stations -- The Metro Rail Transit Authority issued a warning to commuters on Friday that long queues maybe experienced at the train stations due to shortage of the magnetic tickets. Thus, in most stations, stored value tickets are unavailable.
According to Al Vitangcol III, MRT 3 General Manager, his office ordered 1.5 million magnetic tickets already and are expected to be delivered within a month. (Interaksyon.com)

Could this be due to the high soaring train ridership this year? A set of data from MRTA revealed that the average daily ridership of MRT 3 has been about half a million (456,755), which is notably higher than the railway's designed capacity that is 350,000 passengers per day. This phenomenon started way back in 2006, yet until now, we still have the same system with its initial carrying capacity.

Last year, the railway's total ridership went up to about 159 million, which is approximately 4 percent higher than 2010's record of 153 million.

Hence, it is just timely that the 53 new trains for MRT 3 project has been duly approved, as per announcement made by the then DOTC secretary Mar Roxas. Hopefully, this gigantic commuter volume in our train system could be addressed.

Source: http://www.interaksyon.com

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