It seems like just about every form of transportation has become more expensive this past year. Fuel prices are through the roof, bus fares have gone up, and the same goes for jeepneys and ride-shares, too. But what about the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3)?
Metro Manila’s formerly most dysfunctional rail line will not see a fare increase, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) says. In a recent statement, the government agency assured commuters that it is “not even thinking about” raising the MRT-3’s fare.
“That is not even in the horizon for us at this point,” said DOTr undersecretary for railways Timothy John Batan.
According to Batan, DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade has instructed the agency to shelve any discussion regarding a fare hike until the commuting public can enjoy improvements made to the 16.9km MRT-3 line.
“Mariin na instruction ni Secretary Tugade na hindi tayo mag-i-increase ng anumang pasahe hangga’t hindi nararamdaman ng ating mga commuters ang improvements sa services ng MRT-3,” Batan reiterated. The last time the MRT-3 saw a fare increase was back in 2015.
Last week, the Philippines and Japan inked an P18-billion loan agreement for the MRT-3’s rehabilitation. This will run until 2022, and will cover maintenance on top of the overhaul of the line’s 72 light rail vehicles.