January 12, 2018 | Posted by: Mayee Gonzales | Lifestyle
January 12, 2018
The Metro Manila Rail Transit System or MRT is one of the main public transportation systems in the Philippines. Though not that dependable (the system experienced over 500 glitches in 2017), millions of Filipinos still ride the train as it allow them to reach major points of Metro Manila, particularly along EDSA.
If you’re an MRT survivor, then you probably know the tricks into getting inside and outside the system even when it’s packed with people. If you’re a rookie, then one of the best ways to survive the MRT is by knowing its major features and landmarks.
Here’s a quick guide to every MRT station to help your daily commute.
Taft Avenue is the only MRT station located in Pasay. It is the transfer point for commuters riding the LRT 1 to either Baclaran or Roosevelt station. The station is near many provincial bus lines, including Victory Liner, Five Star, and Philtranco, which travel to Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, and Pampanga, respectively.
If you are from the south of Metro Manila, Magallanes is probably your bus stop before taking the MRT. It is the station closest to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) as well to other major points of the metro, including Chino Roces Avenue and Dasmarinas Village.
Ayala is probably the busiest MRT station. Employees and students regularly descend this station, as it is closest to the Makati Central Business District and Bonifacio Global City. It has an elevated walkway that connects to SM Makati and the rest of Ayala Center.
Also known as Gil Puyat station, Buendia station is one of the two underground stations (the other being Ayala) of the MRT line. Employees and students headed to Makati CBD can also drop off here.
Guadalupe station serves as an access point to many landmarks in Metro Manila. You can board a jeepney, a bus, or even a ferry going to eastern Makati, Fort Bonifacio, Pateros, and Mandaluyong. It is also close to the ever famous (and ever traffic) Guadalupe Bridge.
If you are going to Mandaluyong, specifically in Pioneer, alight on Boni Station. Like Ayala station, Boni is a popular drop-off for students and condominium owners as it is close to Rizal Technological University and SM Light Residences.
Like Boni station, Shaw Boulevard station also serves the Mandaluyong area. Considered as a central terminal, it is the only MRT station with two tracks. Commuters headed to Ortigas Center and Greenfield District should drop off this line.
Ortigas station serves most of the Ortigas Business District. It is the last MRT station in Mandaluyong when coming from the south.
Located between Annapolis Street and Santolan Road (thus the name), the Santolan-Annapolis station is popular as a landmark for the Philippine National Police Headquarters. It is also close to Katipunan and Eastwood City.
Araneta Center-Cubao holds the second place when it comes to the busiest MRT station. Apart from being a transfer point for commuters taking the LRT-2, the station also serves as a stop for provincial buses coming from the north.
Named after Barangay Kamuning, Kamuning station is near Timog Avenue, a well-known entertainment district in Quezon City.
Another populous MRT station is the Quezon Avenue terminal. Employees and students frequent this station as it is closest to the University of the Philippines-Diliman and ABS-CBN.
North Avenue station is the last station of the MRT. Also called as “North” by regular passengers, the station links to TriNoma, one of the largest malls in Quezon City. Individuals who live near Valenzuela and Bulacan also take this terminal.
The MRT may be difficult for daily commuters but it remains as the cheapest and fastest way to traverse EDSA. Our hopes are high as the government promises a rehab to improve the public transportation system. Are you a regular passenger of the MRT? What are your thoughts about it? Let us know below.