Senate tackles transport woes

The Senate Committee on Public Services is hearing this afternoon the problems in the country's mass transportation system.

Committee Chairperson Senator Grace Poe began the inquiry by talking about how the poor operations of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) have become a constant topic of jokes among netizens.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has temporarily taken over the maintenance of the train system.

This has not prevented the daily glitches in the MRT rides.

Officials of the DOTr and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are among the resource persons.

Poe is tackling government's jeepney modernization program with LTFRB Chairperson Martin Delgra.

It may be recalled that during the last hearing held in December last year, the senator made an appeal to jeepney transport organizations to put on hold its strike.

The transport leaders were protesting the phase out of old jeepney units.

Topics: Senate , transportation , probe , DOTr , LTFRB , strike
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