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sept03.2014 bDOTC budget hearing focuses on frequent MRT train breakdowns, unrepaired escalators

sept03.2014 bDOTC budget hearing focuses on frequent MRT train breakdowns, unrepaired escalators

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DOTC budget hearing focuses on frequent MRT train breakdowns, unrepaired escalators
DOTC budget hearing focuses on frequent MRT train breakdowns, unrepaired escalators

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DOTC budget hearing focuses on frequent MRTtrain breakdowns, unrepaired escalators
Poor maintenance problems facing the Metro Rail Transit 3 were again highlighted duringTuesday’s Appropriations Committee hearing on the proposed P545 billion budget of the!epartment of Transportation and Communications "!#TC$ for %&'5 when the officer in charge of MRT said that brea(downs in train operations now occur e)ery other day since the August '3accident* while about 3& percent of MRT escalators are unrepairedRep +eri Colmenares "Party,list* -ayan Muna$ .uestioned !#TC officials on how manytrain brea(downs happened in the month of August alone and also complained that the non,functioning MRT escalators ha)e caused tremendous suffering to commuters especially to personswith disability "P/!s$MRT #0C 1onorito Chaneco said train brea(downs now occur e)ery other day since the Aug'3 accident wherein a defecti)e MRT3 train o)ershot the railway trac(s and hit a barrier at the TaftA)enue 2tation in Pasay City* inuring more than 3& passengersChaneco’s statement alarmed Colmenares who said that the fre.uent train operations brea(down now happening e)ery other day has put commuters in a dangerous stage0sn’t that alarming* dangerous stage
 na ito
 0t’s only a matter of time before a seriousaccident may happen* more serious than what happened last time* Colmenares saidColmenares further said the incidence of train brea(downs is so high That’s 5& percent of thetime* he saidThe lawma(er said a brea(down also means that the MRT will ha)e to lessen the number of trains running to ser)ice so many commuters
. “Yung mga sumasakay sa MRT hindi sardinas eh,kundi
corned beef 
 , talagang halo-halo na sila... so babawasan mo pa ng train na masasakyan nila,”
Colmenares saidAccording to Chaneco there are %& trains assigned to ser)ice commuters during pea( hours1e said those pulled out during brea(downs are not replaced 
 Kung nabawasan po, nagiging 1 or 1!, wala po tayong naiaakyat 
Chaneco said the MRT obser)es a standard operating procedure "2#P$ so that in case of atrain brea(down* the train is immediately withdrawn from the main line and put bac( in the depot0t will ne)er come out again until it is certified safe and clear by the maintenance command*Chaneco saidColmenares said aside from train brea(downs* commuters also ha)e to deal with non,functioning escalators
“"rabeng pahirap yan sa taumbayan lalo na sa #$%s. &iguro simpleng bagay lang yan sa ibang members ng MRT, %'T( pero yung aakyat ka sa MRT, mataas yon,matarik yon
After lining up "for your tic(et$* you ha)e to climb up the stairs because the escalatorsare not functioning* he said
NR # 3578BSEPT. 3, 2014

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