There are a lot of things I love about the Philippines, but there’s something I can’t stand… THE TRAFFIC IN MANILA.
Manila ranks in my Top 5 worst traffic cities on earth (along with Delhi, Dhaka, Bangkok & Mumbai). It’s a nightmare to get around this city, especially during rush hour, when it can take 3+ hours to drive 5 miles. Something needs to be done to fix it.
You’d think when a city has traffic this bad, there would be an EFFICIENT public transportation system in place (i.e. metro) to get people from point A to point B. But that’s not the case in Manila.
There is a functioning metro (MRT) in Manila, which has been around for 20+ years, but it’s miserable to ride. Most other big Asian city that I’ve been to have enjoyable metros – like Bangkok, Taipei and Hong Kong – but in Manila, it’s the opposite of enjoyable. It’s overly crowded, beyond dirty, extra noisy and steaming hot.
In case you were wondering, funding ($$$) is NOT the issue – as the government subsidized several BILLION Pesos to fix the MRT a few years ago by building new stations and 48 new coaches… But thanks to technical difficulties & faulty designs, that project has gone to waste until now.
Does anyone have any solutions for how to fix the traffic/public transportation issue in Manila? Because if it can be fixed, then this city would be a lot more enjoyable to live in and visit for tourists.