Tag Archive: MRT

7 July 1

Beginning today, July 1, 2019, students of Metro Manila get to ride the MRT-3, LRT-2, and PNR trains for free during rush hours.  This is an official announcement made by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) last week and is called the “Student Free Ride Program”.

Students can ride the said train lines for free from Monday to Friday (except holidays) during the following hours only:


  • 5 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.
  • 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


  • 4:30 a.m. – 6 a.m.
  • 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


  • 5 a.m. – 6 a.m.
  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

All students, from preschool to college, can take advantage of the free ride program, as well as those enrolled in trade, arts, technical, and vocational schools.  They need only to show their valid school IDs.





2 Feb 11

I took the MRT last week and was surprised to see long lines of passengers (ladies mostly) waiting for their turn to surrender the bottled liquids in their bags.  I realized then that the MRT has truly implemented its stern policy against bringing liquid (all kinds!) inside the trains.  I wanted to make a u-turn and just try my luck hailing a taxi but I was already running late so with a broken heart, I opened my bag and let the lady guard take my cologne and small lotion bottle.

Among the passengers, was a young mother who had with her a bag filled with baby stuff, including 2 feeding bottles half-filled with water.  Her husband was with her, carrying their baby and they both pleaded with the lady guard to let them take their liquids.  The guard let them but not without taking the mom’s lotion which she insisted was for her baby – it was an expensive bottle of Aveeno.

I heard from the other passengers that the MRT has released a list of liquids that can be permitted inside its stations.  I did a research and am sharing this with all of you now, so you do not play tug-of-war with MRT guards when you find yourself lined up at an MRT station.

  1. Baby formula/breast milk in bottles.

This is only applicable if the mother passenger is traveling with the baby or child.  Otherwise, even the baby formula will have to be surrendered before you are permitted to enter the station.

  1. Drinking water to be used by the baby or child.

Again, the child must be with the passenger in order for the liquids to be permitted inside the station.

  1. All prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  2. Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with disabilities or health conditions.
  3. Life support and life-sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs.
  4. Items used to augment the body and for medical and cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras, or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids.
  5. Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medical-related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions.

We all know that the reason the MRT has implemented such strict rules is to ensure the safety of its passengers, following the recent explosions that happened in Mindanao.  This is for our safety and so our cooperation is needed in order for the plan to work.

It may be inconvenient for most of us at this time but I personally think that the benefits far outweigh the cost of not carrying your favorite cologne whenever you take the MRT.

Let us know your thoughts.


Reference: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/07/19/mrt-releases-list-of-liquids-other-allowed-items-amid-ban-on-bottled-drinks

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If you are a frequent passenger of the MRT, you are in for a treat!

A new web application that helps commuters check the status of MRT’s stations has been recently launched and is gaining positive feedback from its users.

Imagine this: before heading out, you can go online and check the congestion levels at MRT stations so you would know which station would be less crowded, helping you plan your commute better.  If all stations are teeming with stranded passengers, then you can either take your car or find a different means to travel to your destination.  By being able to do all these before leaving your home or office, you save yourself a lot of time and be able to get to your destination with less hassle.

The web application is called Traincheck; it is easy to use and takes seconds to show you the information you need.  You can also download the mobile phone app version for convenience and mobility.

All you need to do is key-in the station where you wish to depart from, your destination, and the length of time you are willing to wait before you can leave.  Based on these information and through the help of footages from the Department of Transportation’s streams of MRT stations fed into a predictive algorithm, the system is able to tell the passenger which stations are heavily congested and the estimated time when crowds will thin out.  The system then tells the passenger when is the best time to head out to his desired MRT station, when lines are shorter and there are less passengers.

Apart from MRT information, the site also offers complete guides for Metro Manila commuters who wish to travel by jeepney, bus, or UV Express (FX).  It provides information on fares, travel time, and specific drop-off points.  You can even print out the maps and travel information so you won’t have to take out your mobile phones while on commute.

You can access the site at https://traincheck.sakay.ph/ or download the mobile app.

Tell us what you think about this new web application!





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