March 19, 2009

My station

Metro Manila, which is about 636 square kilometers in area with more than 12 million inhabitants, only has three light rail lines. Two lines belong to the Manila Light Rail Transit System and one belongs to the Manila Metro Rail Transit System. Together, their daily ridership totals less than 1.5 million people, so it is not surprising that traffic congestion remains one of the metro's biggest problems. The three lines have color codes but everybody just calls them the MRT, LRT-1 and LRT-2. This is at the MRT's Quezon Avenue station, where I begin and end most of my train rides.

Quezon Avenue station of the MRT

21 comments:

lunarossa said...

Your entries are so interesting, Hilda! Have you ever thought of publishing your blog as a book? It would be such a beautiful tribute to Manila! All the best. Ciao. A.

Reena said...

sana nga puro MRT tayo for easy access....three times palang ako nakasakay ng MRT. :) then, once sa LRT. :)

Ken Mac said...

Fresh air! New York Subway riders live underground...

nobu said...

That train station looks like our train station.
Train is good for environment.

Jacob said...

Hilda, this is an excellent photo - well composed and perfectly exposed.

You say you only have three rail lines...most cities in the States don't have any!

Talk about congestion!

Jacob said...

Oh, I also wanted to say that I had no idea Manilla was so big...I knew it was a large city, but your numbers stagger the mind...

Olivier said...

tu as de la chance, aujourd'hui c'est la grande grève en France, et il n'y a pas beaucoup de trains (ni de métros) ;o(
you are lucky, today it is big strike in France, and there are no trains (nor of subways) ;o(

Lois said...

Very nice photo Hilda! I would love to be able to ride the train to and from work, but we don't even have that possibility here.

Mojo said...

We have no light rail in my city, and nobody's making any noises about changing that anytime soon either. I'd settle for a reliable bus system myself. Ours is... not great.

Vogon Poet said...

Three times the inhabitants of Tuscany in a metro area! That's a lot of people to move around...
Nice shot, said by a lucky man who walks to work.

Halcyon said...

Thanks for posting this photo. I love seeing the different forms of mass transit around the world. Whenever I visit a new city, I love taking the subway or the bus to get a feel of how life really is!

Mo said...

Looks like a more comfortable metro than London's

Juergen Kuehn said...

Your photo told me:
Half a life we hold on for waiting. C'est la vie!

Jackie said...

I'm lucky to go to work by bus - from the end of my road right to the university so I can just get on and wake up a bit later and not have to worry about changing. If I worked in the centre of town it would be cheaper to use the train, but as I have to go into the city centre and out again it's cheaper and easier for me to use the bus.

George said...

Thanks for all the interesting information about Manila. Thanks, too, for the great picture.

Brandon said...

Hi Hilda! Your blog is very neat. I love seeing different parts of the world. Keep up the good work of representing your neck of the woods, Brandon.

the donG said...

i like LRT line 2 the most. i hope that the rail system going to south luzon will really be good.

the buddhess said...

I've never taken the LRT 2..I'll try when I'm there again.

PS, i left an reply to your question re BBC. Come visit Bohol soon...holy week is best.

Marc said...

Just three lines is not a lot for such a large population, but it's great that you're able to make use of it yourself.

Zsolt said...

we have only three metro lines in Budapest. They are building the fourth one now.:)

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Love the way all the people are looking at the train. We humans are so predictable. You can almost hear the train in this shot.

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