Korea’s Seoul Subway vs Philippines’ Metro Rail Transit
- Korea offers specific priority seats per car in the train. Their subways are very accessible to the blind. Textured tiles were made to guide the blind until they reach the door of the train. They even have braille located near the doors.
- Philippines has a special car just for PWD, pregnant, and senior citizens. They also have a car exclusively for women.
- Koreans use T Money in trains, buses, and taxis. You can even use it to pay in selected convenience stores.
- Filipinos use Beep Card in trains and selected buses in Manila.
- The minimum fare in Korea is 1,250 won. ($2.00)
- The minimum fare in Philippines is 13.00 pesos. ($0.25)
- In my view, both countries don’t really litter inside the train. The only problem I see in Philippines is the strong body odor of some sweaty people from work. I guess the climate is one of the factors to consider.
- Korea has many subway apps which can tell you the exact time of arrivals.
- Philippines doesn’t have any app but I found a schedule on their website. It doesn’t tell exactly the time of arrival but it includes the headway time.
- The lines in Seoul are connected to each other. Going out is not necessary to transfer from one line to another.
- There are three lines in Manila buy you still have to walk for a couple of minutes to reach the other line and you have to pay again for another ride.
- Last October, there was a man crushed to death behind the Seoul subway screen door. Aside from that, a 19 year old screen door maintenance worker was trapped between the door and the platform and killed by incoming train.
- Three years ago, At least 38 passengers were injured when a wayward Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) train overshot the tracks at the Taft Avenue station. And just last April 2017, the gearbox of the MRT 3 broke down.
Did I miss something? Feel free to add them in the comments.
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