What Happens When The Philippine Transport System Improves
Will our dream commute system ever become a reality?
With over a million people living in Metro Manila, there’s one thing we can all agree on: We need a better public transport system. We all spend so much time in queues and on the road that it’s gotten to the point of being ridiculous already. At least we can rest on the hope that it will get better eventually. But when that happens, what will actually happen?
With a metro transit, we can expect to have more time on our hands. We’ll be on the road less, which means we can spend more time in the gym, at home and other activities we just never seem to get around to.
Safer and more efficient commutes
As they stand, bus, jeep and train rides aren’t the safest places to stand around in. If this was improved, we could breathe a little easier and clutch our belongings a little looser. And the lines were fixed, we could get to our destinations a lot quicker too—especially if the bus routes and jeep routes were fixed.
For the sake of convenience, Manila has become a tight pot of residencies and business districts. If only it were easier to get in and out of the city, families would prefer to live elsewhere where the air is cleaner and there’s a little more greenery. Theoretically, it could balance out the overpopulation in the urban sector.
The correlation between the number of cars owned in a city and average individual wealth is very weak. If you look at places like Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, the number of cars is low yet the wealth of the city is high. Then you have cities like Manila where the numbers interchange. This is because the amount you spend on public transportation will always be less than what you spend on private cars.
The number of trains that we currently have just does not suffice the number of people that take them and this is made worse when one (or two or three) of them break down per lane. Investing heavily on good transportation would mean less fix-ups in the future.
Somebody make this dream a reality!