Transits

A long line at the MRT Boni Station. On the rush hour, people ranging from students to workers use the transit to commute to their destination to avoid the perilous Manila traffic.

The Philippines is one of the world’s developing countries. Named “Asia’s sleeping tiger”, the country has seen developments on its infrastructure, namely on roads and highways. But a notable investment the country has gave effort into are the trains across the country. Trains have helped people across the country to get by in a fast and efficient way. From the provinces to the cities, trains have helped the Filipino people throughout the years.

A long line at the ticket booth at the MRT Ayala station. The station garners many people, as it is located in Makati, home to the country's premier shopping and business districts.

This series of photos will primarily focus on the transits of Metro Manila, the Light Railway Transit (LRT) and the Metro Railway Transit (MRT). The bustling, crowded and busy metropolis consists of the country’s capital city, Manila along with the cities of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig and Valenzuela.

Two men work on the construction of an elevator in an MRT station. Inoperable elevators have been an issue on many train stations and have been remained unmaintained for years.

The region is home to the country’s leading business, finance and shopping districts. Aside from these, the country’s premiere educational establishments and universities are also located here. Nestled amongst the buildings are the railways that connect to each city and district with the aim of convenient and safe travel to its citizens. Traffic, being an infamous problem in Philippine roads have seen the transits as solutions for the convenience of the Filipino. These trains have a daily average of over 400,000 people daily.

A pair of escalators going under renovation. Aside from the long lines and the broken elevators, escalators in a state of ruin are one of the issues that plague the transit and factor to delay and inefficiency of travel.
A group of people wait for the MRT to arrive at the Araneta-Cubao Station. The station is connected to the LRT 2, another transit line that converges with the MRT along Farmer's Plaza.
A group of people prepare for the departure of the MRT for the next station. Crowdedness is a common sight at the rush hour periods of the MRT.

Traffic, being an infamous problem in Philippine roads has seen these transits as solutions for the convenience of the Filipino. These trains have a daily average of over 400,000 people daily.

A man left behind in the MRT. The large amount of people on the small transits have caused crowdedness and displeasure for the many patrons of the transit line.

According to the website of the MRT, it has a vision which encompasses service excellence, community development, and economic stability. Aside from this, the MRT also aims to provide fast and safe transportation, efficient service, the promotion of development and to serve the elderly and disabled.

A line of people at the ticket booth at the LRT Recto station. The terminal station connects with the LRT 1, another transit line that runs along Manila, contributes to one of the factors to the number of people present at the station.
An elevator out of service in the Santolan LRT Station. Like the MRT, escalators that are inoperable afflict the LRT with inconvenience and ire to its patrons.

However, despite this, the years of service along with little to no maintenance have made these transits suffer from decay, and wear and tear. The stations reek with air pollution coming from the cities nearby, escalators and elevators don’t operate and the most common problem of trains – overcrowding and long lines persist to the chagrin of commuters in the metro.

The rare site of an empty LRT station. On the rare occasions that this occurs, trains depart faster and ease of travel among the passengers is present.

Despite promises from the government to improve on the problems that plague these transits, little to none have come to fruition. These problems have earned the inconvenience and ire of commuters and have caused for these transits to have the image of failed, unmaintained projects that is an example of the incompetence of the Philippine government.

A horde of people wait for the train at the LRT Recto station. Despite having better facilities than the MRT, the very same issues also are present at the LRT.

This series of photos aim to show these very problems that continue to plague and haunt these transits and as to why citizens still ride these on their everyday journey to work, school or any other purpose. Despite the problems, struggles and hassles one experiences when riding these trains, hundreds of thousands of people still take these trains.

A rare sight of a spacious MRT interior. The calm atmosphere is present, with passengers having no frills regarding the transit's most common problem - crowdedness.

Would the incremental innovations such as beep card and more transits change the views of the people regarding these trains? What improvements should be done in order to make these trains more efficient, safe and convenient for the citizens? These are the questions that this photo essay aim to answer along with the hope of presenting the significance of these transits to society.

A typical scene at the LRT. Despite the issues that continue to persist, thousands of people still use these transits everyday for their convenience and ease of access.

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