It has been some years since I last rode the Metro. It seems like a lifetime ago but, I’m told I’m not missing much; in fact, the race has not gotten better – it has actually gotten worse.
What is this race that I’m talking about? Is it the Indy 500? The Olympics 100 meter dash? The Boston Marathon? Nope, none of the above. It’s just that daily race to get to the Metro, get to be first in the ticket/token booth, get to be first in the queue, get to be first in the car and most of all, get to be the first to be seated. Then once you’ve reached your stop, then there’s another race. You stand up and push your way to the door to get to be the first to get off, get to be the first to exit the turnstile, get to be first to go down the stairs or up the stairs, and then race your way out all the way to the street. With all these, you win a “No Prize!” Yay! Was it worth it? I really don’t know because with all of these, I think I’m always the last and I am none the wiser about this race.
Anyway, I kept thinking that my fellow Metro riders must have already forgotten about courtesy. When people were pushing their way in, I was able to get into the car without literally walking into it, just got pushed in, so to speak. Also, I have had two bracelets which broke because it got caught in another passenger’s bag, the other got caught in another’s hair clip. So, I guess you can imagine how it is. I’m told it’s the same elsewhere in the world; it’s just that we here in our country are just beginning to experience it. With this in mind, I crossed out lack of courtesy; this is just the attitude you have to have when you decide to ride the Metro.
Next, I thought about population, better yet, congestion. Since the Metro is the faster option to get to your destination despite the long queues especially during rush hours, it should come as no surprise to be in the company of probably half the Philippine population this time of the day. True enough the Metro Manila area is the most populous in the entire country and the Metro and LRT already run through most of the major avenues of the business districts.
However, every where else, life is still quite peaceful even during the rush hours. It’s not as fascinating when you think about it, what with the lack of skyscrapers, malls, night life and the like that you find in what is referred to as “urbanized”. For people in their autumn years like me, I guess this is a preference.
So, this would be the phenomenology of the Metro race.