Really? Roque describes MRT ride ‘cool, fast’

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque rides the MRT-3 on his way to Malacanang on Thursday, November 23, 2017. He describes the experience as “cool and fast.” Was it? SCREENGRAB FROM VIDEO OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesman Harry Roque described his ride on the Metro Rail Transit-3 as cool and fast except that he was repeatedly wiping his face as he got off the MRT-3.

Roque took his ride from the North Avenue Station in Quezon City to the EDSA-Taft Station in Pasay City. After wiping off his sweat, Roque transferred to LRT-1 (Light Rail Transit-1) and got off at the Central Station, which is the nearest station going to Malacañan Palace.

“The line is just quite long, pero napakabilis at napakalamig (but the train ride has been speedy and it was very cool [inside the train]),” Roque said.

Roque said what was needed was “more MRT coaches and good maintenance service providers.”


The Duterte administration has blamed the Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI)—the former maintenance provider of MRT 3—for the train line’s woes. The Transportation department terminated its contract with BURI last November 6.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) cited the reasons for terminating the BURI contract:

* poor performance;

* failure to put in service and subsequently ensure the availability of contractually obligated number of trains;

* failure to put in operation reliable and efficient trains;

* failure to implement a feasible procurement plan for spare parts and failure to comply with the contractual requirements of a complete and up-to-date Computerized Maintenance Management System.

But unlike in most days, the MRT neither broke down nor was it “decoupled” when Roque took his ride.

“We did not encounter problems, so I would say that my experience was okay,” Roque said.

Roque said in a recent press briefing that he wanted to ride the MRT-3 so that he could make his own assessment of the train system.

 

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