In these days of high gas prices, using your car the whole time doesn’t seem practical, especially if you’re a Manilan going to the shopping/business districts of Ortigas and Makati. Believe moi, the traffic and finding some parking in these places on normal days is so crazy and will drain a hole in your pocket besides.
Ever since ditching my car, I’ve found out it a breeze to use the train to go from one point of Manila to the next. On those days when I’ve done so (emphasis on ‘those days’ because my workplace is just walking distance from my house) I’ve achieved the remarkable thing of slashing my transpo budget by as much as 200%. Not too bad eh?
If you’re living abroad or a Pinoy who hasn’t tried LRT’s Line 2, above picture should give you an idea. It was my first time to try it out this week and I must say am glad whenever I see new infrastructure like this. At least there’s an indication that things are moving in this country of ours, even if it’s at a turtle’s pace.
(Speaking of infra, I still have to go to the SM Mall of Asia, hahahaa)
Although I wasn’t able to memorize all the stations, the LRT2 – which is accessible from LRT1-Doroteo Jose- is the best way to go to Sta. Mesa (SM!) , Gilmore, Cubao proper, and Katipunan. I was wondering about this station named after the late Betty Go-Belmonte and realized that it’s in Boston, Cubao. Santolan, the last stop, is a good jump-off point for Cainta, Antipolo and the like.
Related factoids for those not accustomed to public transpo:
LRT1 services the Manila area. It goes to Baclaran in the South (passing by UN Avenue, Pedro Gil, Quirino, Vito Cruz, Gil Puyat, Libertad, EDSA) and Monumento in the North (passing by places in Sta. Cruz and Caloocan)
– a good jump off point if you’re going to the bargain areas in Baclaran, Quiapo, Carriedo and Divisoria)
– males are segregated from the females, which is gooood. The less you run into psychos and maniacs, the better!
MRT services Makati, Ortigas, and Quezon City. Fast, efficient and the lines can be long during rush hour as it’s full of office workers on weekdays.
The ramps directly going to the EDSA Shang-ri La Plaza Mall and SM Makati can be very convenient for shopaholics.
Here’s a handy map of present and future train stations