How often do you ride a bus? A train? or Driving your own car? As I finished my High School, all the things I experienced seemed new to me especially the commute part. There were times that I can’t go out without my parents since I am not accustomed going out “alone” but as soon as I entered College, I have no choice but to embrace the urban commute life for a span of more than 4 years.
I studied at MIT, Mapua Institute of Technology located inside the magical walls of Intramuros Manila while I live at Cainta. Though not the farthest distance any student can have, it was for me since I am a newbie in commuting.
Most of my commute life in College was via Train. Yep. That’s the LRT Line-2(Santolan-Recto) line. So, here’s my typical routine: I will buy my Stored Value Card during Mondays that I think will lasts until my Saturday class, and then brand new card again for the next week! Tadaaaaa! Not only that, what I enjoyed most during the trip is the “chill pace” inside the train. I can read my notes, review for exams, scan the news, I can even take a nap (if I have a seat) or just plainly listen to music.
Until one day, one of my minor course (i’m still a Frosh that time, 2008) just allowed us to scribble something out while she’s ( Professor) gone. Anything under the sun, an idea, an upgrade or whatever we want to improve within our daily lives. What I got? “A wifi connection on LRT Lines” I don’t have any major subject in Electronics Engineering or Communications Engineering that time since I’m still on my First year. All I know was, it’ll happen, someday!
As to date, I’m now working and still I can’t wait for that to happen. Now it’s 2017, we all have our phones that have data connections that can transcends to digital world but we are doing it independently. What if a big Communication Company sponsored a free wifi along the Routes on the train (not only on the stations) ? Isn’t it a big Public Apperance on their name? Some of the buses have free wifi now, why the trains can’t? Imagine a daily scene on a train where students panic because they forgot something on their notes, they can just search it on Google! No more trees to be cut for free “Libre” news paper giveaways on stations, they can just search the News! ….. And many more Pros of internet.
EXTERNAL: Beep Card
Here’s some of my topics related in improving my Train Experiences, way back 2008:
*Free wifi on the train. This will also boost the number of riders on a daily basis. I only hope the LRT management can handle it.
*Unlimited Storage capacity for the stored value card. It always gets me, the Manic Monday and the line of ticketing booth is way too long to handle! – It’s been answered! it’s the beep card, isn’t? I don’t need the beep card now since I don’t ride the train on my way to work, But I got one with P500 worth inside!
*Make the Stored Value Card reloadable. – It’s again the beep card today. But What if I can reload my card anywhere? Not only exclusive from the Train Stations/Bayad Centers? What if a Telco company can offer it as an E-Load?
*Or make the Stored Value Card reloadable digitally via Deposit from a Bank? Make the Beep card one of the Merchant of a specific Bank? I think this will be a plus point for a Parent who wants to monitor their kids. They can just transfer a fund on the card of their kids.
*A single card that can use across all Train and Buses (Just like in other countries) – Again the beep card. But not all of the Bus is compatible with a beep Card. Few beep card buses are already roving.
*Offer a “Car Parking” Business on/near LRT stations. Why? The trip on the train itself is easy, but what if I don’t live near the station? My actual travel time from home to Lrt2 – Santolan Station is approximately 1hour( Santolan To Recto is only ~30minutes). Not because of the traffic but due to No available single-ride straight from home to the station or vice versa. Even if I drive a car, still the fastest and most “chill” pace is the Train. I’m willing to drive from Home to LRT but not from Home to School vv and on a daily basis! Also, I don’t have a car 😂 . – I think the Uber/Grab’s existence helped a little on this.
“It’s been 9 years since I thought of some silly ideas. Some already happened, some’s not yet. But I do believe it will eventually happen” ~Rosnof