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MRT fare hikes to push through next year

Posted on October 23, 2012

FARE HIKES at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will push through next year, newly installed Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya yesterday said.

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“According to the budget, the increase is planned next year. That will be P15 to P25. I am talking more of an end to end,� Mr. Abaya told BusinessWorld.

“Just to be safe, the P10 increase is a ballpark figure,� he added.

Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo M. Lotilla said the P10 represented fare hikes approved last year.

The agency -- after a series of public hearings and consultations with the Palace -- has settled at fare scheme involving an P11 boarding fee and an additional P1 per kilometer for MRT-3 and Light Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2.

“If you put that in the fare matrix, the end-to-end fare for MRT-3 will still be P25 so there is no need for a new hearing,� Mr. Lotilla said, adding that only publication of the adjustment was required for the new rates to take effect.

Asked when the increase would be implemented, he replied: “What I recall is that, during the time of Secretary Mar (Manuel A. Roxas II, now Local Governments secretary), the fare increase was planned for first quarter next year.�

“We have to implement it because we have lessened the mass railway subsidy for next year,� Mr. Lotilla said, noting that an MRT-3 passenger is subsidized by an average of P45 per ride.

He could not confirm, however, if the P10 increase estimated by Mr. Abaya would also apply to the LRT-1 and the LRT-2. At present, LRT-1 passengers pay fares ranging from P12-20. For LRT-2 the range is P12-15 and for MRT-3 it is P10-15.

The LRT-1, a 20.7-kilometer line, runs from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt station in Quezon City. The 13.8-km LRT-2 runs from Santolan in Pasig to Recto station in Manila while the 16.95-km MRT-3 runs on EDSA from North Ave. in Quezon City to Taft Ave. in Pasay. -- C. H. C. Venzon