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Duterte to poor commuters: Expect more trains, shorter queuing time

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President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to improve the existing railway systems in Metro Manila to alleviate the plight of daily commuters.

In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 25), President Duterte said the government will increase the number of running trains from current 16 trains to 20 trains.

“To absorb more passengers, delays in the procurement of additional trains shall be addressed soonest,” Duterte said in his speech before a joint session of Congress at the Batasang Pambansa.

Duterte also promised to extend the operating hours of trains from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.. The speed of trains will also be increased from 40 kph to 60 kph., the president said.

And to reduce queuing time at ticketing stations, President Duterte also announced that the train tickets will be made available and accessible to the riding public in malls and other stores.

“May I address again to the Filipino: Ako po’y nagdo-doble ang pagod para sa inyo, para sa kapakanan ng bayan. Seryoso po ako. Kaya ‘yung mga ganoon, ticket-ticket at magkaroon ng gulo, huwag ho ninyong gawain ‘yan,” he said.