No new MRT coaches

Security guards check a coach of the Metro Rail Transit for injured passengers after it crashed through a steel barricade at the Taft Avenue station in Pasay City yesterday. The train was being pushed by another when it became detached and rolled into the barrier. EDD GUMBAN

It will take awhile before the delivery of new coaches for the MRT 3 in order to alleviate the long queues in its stations.

PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made the statement after commuters insisted to the Aquino government to hasten the acquisition of new coaches because due to the recent accident in EDSA-Taft station, some of the coaches were stopped from being used.

According to Coloma, a date has been set for the completion of order for new coaches by the DOTC but these aren’t like cars where they’re available instantly.

Coloma added that authorities continue to look for solutions regarding train congestion and how to avoid any more accidents.

President Benigno Aquino III is waiting for the full report of DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya regarding the MRT3 train incident.

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