There are many ways to commute around Metro Manila. Available in every road is an assortment of vehicles such as jeepneys, cabs, tricycle, pedicabs and many others. Its fun riding in those, but the fastest way to get from one point to another during rush hour is riding something that doesn't get stuck in heavy traffic (i.e. something that doesn't use the roads).
No roads? Of course.
Trains don't use roads. Trains don't get stop signs or pedestrian crossings. Trains don't wait that long for passengers. In short, its faster riding trains.
Thousands of Filipinos make use of the light rail system of the country. The problem is, thousands of Filipinos go to work and home all at the same time. Some ride cars, some ride buses and some take the MRT or the LRT. When its rush hour, while roads get congested with cars and buses, the trains get pretty crowded too. Often times, there isn't much of a choice.
Taking out my phone to take a photo is a bit careless, but I really had to take a shot and talk about train riding in Metro Manila. It was really awkward, trying to get an aerial photo inside and you know that almost everyone behind you are seeing you doing it. I have heard of people losing their stuff to pickpockets specially in crowded areas. Their job gets easier when there's more people and tighter space. Pulling a stunt like I did is like announcing to everyone hey, look at me, I got a nice looking phone. There's a possibility that when you reach for your device in your pocket the next time, you might not find it there.
|LRT 1 1994 by John Ward|
Enough said about differences. The important thing here is everyone getting home safe and fast. The trains do their job, and it works for the mean time. Moving thousands of people everyday is no easy task, I tell you. We all just have to be thankful that there are such mass transit systems in the country no matter how congested they may be. Like in every public utility transport, we all have to guarantee our belongings are safe and secure. When commuting, always be mindful of your surroundings.