Friday, July 26, 2013

Riding a PNR Train
for The First Time

     The new mayor of  Manila has just recently banned public buses from entering the city as a measure to improve the traffic on it's major avenues. Manila is just one bus ride away from my city (Muntinlupa) and I've often took the bus to get there for almost two decades.

     I went to Divisoria in Manila yesterday and I thought that it's a good time for me to try another mode of transportation that has been around for more than 7 decades.

       Yup I took a PNR (Philippine National Railways) train, for the first time in my life, to go to Divisoria where the North terminus station of the railway is located. Only Php 20 to get there from Muntinlupa on an air-conditioned train! Half the fare of an air-conditioned bus that will only take me as far as Lawton.

       My train left Muntinlupa Station (located behind Starmall Alabang) at around 1:30 PM and we reached Tutuban Station in Divisoria at 2:45 pm. So an hour and 15 minutes. Just a few minutes less versus taking a bus to Lawton plus a jeep to Divisoria.

      But the train ride felt slow than it really is. Maybe because it was a boring ride. A boring, noisy and bumpy ride. (It was also getting warm when the train got packed with commuters) The windows are clad with steel mesh for protection. There isn't much to see anyway. So I think of them as something to protect you eyes from some "depressing"  things along the PNR tracks. 

       I also took the train back to Alabang. The good thing about boarding a train from a terminus station is that you have a good chance of getting a seat.

         Yeah I'll probably take the train on my next trip to Divisoria. ^_^

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