By Ben Rosario
The chairman of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development on Monday called for the extension of the operating hours of LRT and MRT to help ease road congestion and help affected commuters get relief from heavy traffic.
Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo aired the appeal even as he filed a bill making it mandatory for government officials to take public transport at least once a month for them to experience first hand what it is to be caught in traffic jams on Metro Manila streets.
Castelo said the Lower House will use “legislative persuasion” to convince the management of LRT and MRT to consider his recommendation to extend operations for at least another two hours in the evening.
Castelo explained that a big number of commuters, especially those going home from work, have been crowding themselves into buses and jeepneys because of the “short operation hours” of the mass railway systems in Metro Manila.
LRT and MRT trains run only up to 10 to 10:30 pm daily, it was gathered.