Ang LRT at MRT. Bow!
So, I 've mentioned here on my blog that I ride the MRT everyday to and from work. Tuesdays and Thursdays, I ride the LRT after work to go to the university where I teach part-time. Everyday I wish that the stations would not be so full of people and the trains are all cooperating so there won't be any delays. Operations may halt from time to time and one's face is not too safe from being squished to oblivion as a regular occurence, but I still find that riding the LRT and MRT are convenient modes of transportation in Manila.
I remember the first time I rode the LRT, what was then used to enter the station was the very heavy tokens. I was an excited girl, watching the view from the train's window. It was one of the most exciting rides of my life! My mother and I attended a party in Caloocan and we rode the LRT from P. Gil to Monumento. In the evening, after the party, I was nauseous and feverish in the train. I started to have "polka dots" on my skin. Hah, german measles!
It's a good thing that the LRT/MRT management developed the Stored Value Tickets. It's a prepaid card with a 100-peso value that one case use until the full amount is used up. If the card has at least one peso remaining, that will still be good for one "bonus" ride. Convenient and a super saver, right?
|I have a lot of extra SVTs for convenience|
That's what I did for almost a month. Surrender my receipt to the ticket booth, wait for the staff to check the records only to be told that while my request is there, there are no longer SVTs available. "Ubos na po kapag ganitong oras," whoever is in the ticket booth would say.
So for three weeks, that what I was doing, until this morning when I tried to tweet Atty. Hernando T. Cabrera, LRT/MRT Spokesperson. Here are our conversations:
He would get back to me. I was expecting he would get back to me next week. Then...
A real Action Man.
Oh, I complained about the very loud buzzer. Here's his reply.
Ahhhhh, so there's my answer. Passengers won't listen to the warning buzzer so it's set at high volume so that people wouldn't complain that they still try to get on/off the train because they didn't hear the warning buzzer.
Sad, I really have to cover my ears everytime the buzzer sounds. I have pretty sensitive ears, you see. Imagine hearing that, every stop, every LRT day... Hay. Even my kid complains, he likes the MRT but not the LRT because it's "maingay".
I can't have everything I wish for, right? But at least, I was able to confirm that thinking that the warning buzzer in the newer LRT trains is too loud is not just in my imagination.
Anyway, thank you Atty. Cabs! By the way, I love your profile picture on twitter. Pangarap kong magpapapicture sa riles ng tren, pero di kaya ng powers ko ang nakahiga.heheheh!
Someone asked if I told Atty. Cabs that I was also a lawyer because that may have been the reason why he acted on my complaint. I said, "Nopes, I didn't tell him. Tsaka nakakahiya, abogada ako tapos LRT/MRT Queen ako?" I looked at his tweets first before I sent him my first message and he was really replying to all their queries. Ang saya no?