Thursday, January 13

Govt approves MRT, LRT fare hikes

Boy, who would have thought about this so soon. I was able to browse through it last Tuesday and I'm pretty sure a lot of MRT and LRT commuters would be alarmed about this especially if the increase is almost twice. Apparently it hasn't take effect yet since they haven't released any updated fare matrix for this. 

Read the whole story here or down below. XD

Govt approves MRT, LRT fare hikes

Taken from Google

The government has approved the new rates for Metro Manila train lines despite opposition from commuters, a television report said Tuesday.

Starting March 1, 2011, passengers taking the MRT and the LRT lines 1 and 2 will pay P11 boarding fee, with additional P1 for every succeeding kilometer, according to Raffy Tima’s report on GMA News’ “24 Oras."

Tima said the new rates were announced by Transportation Undersecretary Dante Velasco at a press briefing Tuesday.

Based on the new rates, the P20 fare in LRT line 1 from Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City to Baclaran in ParaƱaque City will be increased to P30, while the P15 fare in LRT line 2 from Marikina City to Legarda in Manila will be hiked to P25.

MRT has yet to release its new fare matrix, according to the TV report.

The report said the government could save an estimated P1.2 billion a year as a result of the fare increase.

Velasco said the higher rates would mean better services for commuters like shorter waiting times, cleaner facilities and faster trains.

“The speed (of the trains) will be increased from 40 kilometer per hour to 60 kilometer per hour," said Velasco. “This will require… aayusin yung (upgrade of) rail tracks."

The provisional fare hike was approved by the LRT board and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). It will undergo public consultation next month, the report said.

Around 500,000 commuters take the MRT (North Ave. in Quezon City to Taft Avenue Extension in Pasay City) everyday, while the LRT line 1 has a daily ridership of over half a million. LRT line 2 is used by around 250,000 people every day. - KBK, GMANews.TV

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