Senator Grace Poe had a taste of the daily plight of MRT commuters as she rode the MRT3 on Friday morning rush hour, August 29.
Unlike DOTC Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya who rode the MRT with his staff and media, Senator Poe in white shirt and jeans, lined up for around 40 minutes at the North Avenue Station and spent almost two hours to reach Taft Station without any members of media with her nor security aides or bodyguards with her. This happened at around 8:20 am, one of the peak hours in MRT. Despite MRT3 officials attempt to give the senator a special treatment, Senator Poe opted to have the full experience of regular MRT passengers.
And although she described the ride as “pleasant”, she noticed that elevators are not working, some ticket machines are defective, the cart was full in some stops and the usual long lines.
She remains optimistic after her MRT experience. She stated that it “is not a hopeless situation”. She encouraged other government officials to ride the MRT3 as well.
Senator Poe will chair the Senate hearing on the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) incident on September 1.
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