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Manila ‘trolley boys’ ferry passengers along ‘borrowed’ train tracks

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By ITN News Editor January 31, 2019 12:54

Manila ‘trolley boys’ ferry passengers along ‘borrowed’ train tracks

Every day, thousands of Filipinos flock to Manila’s railway tracks, not to take the train, but to get on a wooden cart with wheels pushed by a ‘trolley boy’ to get to work and avoid the city’s gridlock traffic. Reynaldo Diaz, 40, is one of the more than 100 operators along the 28 km track, who charge as low as $0.20 per ride. He lives in a makeshift hut with his two sons, and says being a ‘trolley boy’ has been his livelihood since he was 17. Diaz earns around $10 every day, just enough for his family to get by. However, the cheap mode of transport comes with its own risk — those pushing and riding it have to look out for trains to avoid disaster. According to the ‘trolley boys’ Reuters spoke to, there have been no fatal accidents since the makeshift service started decades ago.For the tens of thousands of passengers, most of them office workers and students, the hours shaved off the daily commute is worth it.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 31, 2019 12:54

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