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Station Hopping On Board Manila’s MRT Part I

July 23rd, 2010 by

There are various modes of transport to consider while abroad, from planes to trains, taxis to buses. While certain parts of the world debate the merits of light rail and rapid transit, many urban areas throughout Asia already boast highly efficient networks of both. Tourists in Metro Manila for example, can take the city’s Light Rail Transit System.

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The LRT is divided into several lines that serve segregated sections of Metro Manila.  The main line of the LRT is further divided into two lines: the LRT Line 1, or Yellow Line, which travels from North to South and the LRT Line 2, or Purple Line, which travels from East to West.  Manila’s Metro Rail Transit System however, is the main focus of this article.

Unlike the LRT which is operated by the government-owned Light Rail Transit Authority, the MRT is privately owned by the Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC).  The Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT) is also referred to as the MRT 3, the Manila Blue Line, or the Metrostar Express.   This particular line runs along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and was built mainly to decrease congestion on the main artery.

Numerous passengers who take the MRT disembark and take other modes of transportation like buses, jeepneys, and taxi cabs in order to get around Manila.  The MRT is fast, affordable and well-connected to countless destinations in the Filipino metropolis.  The ride is easy on the pocket given that MRT commuters can choose between two kinds of MRT tickets – single-journey/one-way tickets or multiple-use tickets.

The cost of a single-journey ticket depends on the destination and remains valid on the purchase date only.  Multiple-use or stored-value tickets on the other hand, are sold for P100 and remain valid for three months.

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Here’s a partial run-down of stations on the MRT network, with worthwhile attractions near each.

Taft Avenue MRT Station (Pasay City)

The Taft Avenue Station is on one end of the MRT and is located at the corner of EDSA and Taft Avenue.  Passengers who reach this station can travel further via the LRT 1 (Yellow Line) by heading towards a bridge-way in Metropoint Mall.  One can also take a jeepney ride from the station to visit the impressive SM Mall of Asia. A lot of people also choose to walk a bit more towards the back of the mall near the bay to enjoy the cool breeze and watch the sunset.  This station is also near several hotels like Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

Magallanes MRT Station (Makati City)

The Magallanes district in the city of Makati contains a MRT station close to the South Luzon Expressway and Pasong Tamo extension.  It is very near high-end residential areas like Dasmariñas Village.  Another notable attraction near the station is the Alphaland Southgate Mall and Tower at the corner of EDSA and Pasong Tamo.

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Ayala MRT Station (Makati City)

The underground Ayala MRT stop is one of the busiest stations in Metro Manila. Droves of Makati City office workers pass through each day. This particular station is also near malls like SM Makati, Glorietta and Landmark.  Ayala is connected by an elevated walkway to SM Makati and shoppers can follow promenades leading to the heart of Ayala Center. Furthermore, the Ayala MRT Station is a jump-off point for another nearby business area called Forth Bonifacio or Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.  Passengers from the MRT simply have to cross the pedestrian overpass and walk a bit to rows of buses that ferry people to different places within Bonifacio.

Buendia MRT Station (Makati City)

Another underground station, Buendia, is located near Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue and the busy Buendia Flyover.  Just like Ayala MRT Station, the Buendia tends to be busy during rush hours as a lot of commuters get off here and travel further via jeepneys and taxi cabs to their offices and homes.

Guadalupe MRT Station (Makati City)

The Guadalupe MRT Station is associated with quite a number of landmarks.  To start, it is near two major shopping areas:  one upscale mall called the Rockwell Power Plant Mall and the Guadalupe Shopping Center. The latter contains shops, cinemas, and even a wet market. This station is also near the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary and the San Carlos Seminary.

In the second part of this article, I will discuss eight more MRT stations and the different attractions one can enjoy near each.

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