AS thousands of commuters from the eastern side of Metro Manila feel the effects of the partial operation of the LRT 2, commuter network The Passenger Forum (TPF) on Tuesday (Oct. 8) appealed to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) to form a special task force to cushion the effects of the LRT 2’s shortened route.
According to Primo Morillo, TPF Convenor, “It is important that a specific group of government officials are mandated not only to ensure that mobility issues are addressed but also, and more importantly, to hasten the process of repairing the LRT 2.”
Morillo said commuters feel that the earlier statement of the LRTA that it will take nine months to make the three affected stations operational again is unacceptable.
“We should take note,” he added, “that the LRT 2 is the only rail system that transports passengers from East to West. Add to this the fact that even before the fire that damaged the system near Anonas Station, Cubao — a busy district as it is — is already congested with passengers. This will force commuters to use road-based alternatives that will worsen the traffic situation from Cubao to Sta. Mesa to Recto.”
Aside from the MMDA, the LRTA and the Department of Transportation, TPF also suggested the inclusion of the local executives of Pasig, Marikina and Quezon City and passengers groups.
“Most, if not all, of those that will be affected by the limited operations of the LRT 2 comes from these three cities. Aside from commuter groups, it is best to include Mayors Sotto, Teodoro, and Belmonte in the task force as it is their constituents that are most affected by this problem and it is well within their interest to make sure that this will be solved the soonest possible time,” Morillo asserted.