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Palace exec takes ‘MRT challenge’ during rush hour, rides LRT too

Posted On 2014 Sep 03
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The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) train slams the barrier at the corner of EDSA and Taft Avenue Station on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 13, 2014) in Pasay City. (MNS photo)

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) train slams the barrier at the corner of EDSA and Taft Avenue Station on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 13, 2014) in Pasay City. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III’s deputy spokesperson, Undersecretary Abigail Valte, took the challenge for public officials to ride the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) during rush hour on Monday morning.

Valte, who wore casual clothes and sunglasses, took the challenge one step further by also riding the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1.

According to her Twitter posts, Valte rode the entire MRT line from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City.

She said she lined up at the North Avene station at 8:24 on Monday morning, and was able to ride the train more than 40 minutes later.

She also shared that she was able to get a seat at the Ayala station in Makati, and then got off at Taft Avenue station by 9:41 a.m. –  more than an hour after she lined up.

Valte also transferred to the LRT Line 1, whose EDSA station connects to the MRT Taft Avenue station. The Palace official disembarked at the Central Station in Manila.

“[I] appreciate all the commuters who bear with the service on a daily basis. We continue to ask for your understanding as we continue to push for improvements,” Valte said in a Twitter post.

Last Friday, Senator Grace Poe also rode the MRT in preparation for the ongoing Senate probe on the mass transport system.  (MNS)

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