The Manila Metro Rail Transit System is part of the main metropolitan
rail system serving the Metro Manila area in the Philippines. Only one
line exists within this network, and that is MRT-3, called the Blue
Line. Although the network has characteristics of light rail, such as
the type of rolling stock used, the system is more akin to a rapid
transit system. The MRT forms part of Metro Manila's rail transport
infrastructure, the Strong Republic Transit System. Although one of
the original purposes of the system was to decongest Epifanio de los
Santos Avenue, one of Metro Manila's main thoroughfares and home to
the MRT, many commuters who ride the MRT also take various forms of
road-based public transport to reach the intended destination from an
MRT station. While this forms a comprehensive transportation system
serving many parts of Metro Manila, the system has only been partially
successful in decongesting the very busy thoroughfare. The expansion
of the system to cover the entire stretch of EDSA is expected to
contribute to current attempts to decongest the thoroughfare and to
cut travel times on one of the Philippines' busiest roadways. The
system is operated by the Metro Rail Transit Corporation, a private
company operating in partnership with the Department of Transportation
and Communications under a Build-Operate-Transfer agreement.
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Roman Republic at the Battle of the Trebia.
Slavery in the United States was abolished when the Thirteenth
Amendment to the Constitution was adopted.
Indonesia invaded Dutch New Guinea to annex West Papua on New Guinea.
Epimetheus, one of Saturn's natural satellites, was discovered, but
was mistaken as Janus. It took 12 years to determine that they are two
distinct objects sharing the same orbit.
The first version of the programming language Perl was released by
Wikiquote of the day:
Formerly we used to represent things visible on earth, things we
either liked to look at or would have liked to see. Today we reveal
the reality that is behind visible things, thus expressing the belief
that the visible world is merely an isolated case in relation to the
universe and that there are many more other, latent realities. Things
appear to assume a broader and more diversified meaning, often
seemingly contradicting the rational experience of yesterday. There is
a striving to emphasize the essential character of the accidental. --