In the spirit of the upcoming Pacquiao vs. Margarito fight, I’m starting a new column: Face-Off! And my first Face-Off! is between the LRT and the MRT. As a long time LRT/MRT commuter, here are some of my observations between the two according to some of my own criteria:
LRT – More behaved as compared to MRT crowd but can get pushy during peak hours but still not as rude as the MRT crowd
MRT – Gets rowdy all the time especially from Guadalupe Station onwards (from Taft Ave.)
LRT – New trains are more comfortable than the old trains. Old trains tend to be hot and drippy during rainy days.
MRT – Trains are newer than the LRT and more spacious although the A/C is a little weak in some cars. Also drippy during rainy days.
Best Stations to Ride:
LRT – Either Balintawak or Roosevelt Ave. These are still new stations and the crowd volume is low. I love it when the train enters these two stations. You could actually lie down on the seats since most of the passengers get off at Monumento.
MRT – None!
Worst Stations to Ride:
LRT – Monumento Station. Lots of people with some of them not easy on the nose! At least you are guaranteed a seat. EDSA Station is pretty tamed compared to Monumento even though the crowd volume is high since when a train arrives from Baclaran Station it is usually empty. I’m not sure if the passengers are no longer patronizing the Baclaran Station or if they are skipping trains since I haven’t been to Baclaran lately.
MRT – North Ave. Station is the worst! Although once you get in, you have a chance to grab a seat (after beating your fellow passengers! j/k)
Most Hated Feature (for lack of a better term):
MRT – SKIPPING TRAINS!!! I usually ride in North Ave. Station and I could feel a collective curse coming out of the passengers when a skipping train skipped the station.
LRT – The LRT also has the skipping train feature but not as bad as the MRT.
Well, that’s all for my initial list. Please feel free to suggest more criteria if you want 🙂