MRT, LRT Fare Hikes Start In January

The DOTC approves the increase in fares for the 3 major train lines in Metro Manila, after several years of postponement.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) made on official announcement Saturday that the new base fare would be P11 and an additional P1 per kilometer.

Transportation Secretary Joseph “Emilio’ Abaya said it was a “tough decision.”

MRT, LRT Fare Hikes Start In January
MRT, LRT Fare Hikes Start In January © PhilStar File Photo

“It’s been several years since an increase was proposed. We delayed its implementation one last time until after the Christmas season,” Abaya said in a statement.

Rappler reveals, the proposed fare hike was revived when President Aquino said in his 4th State of the Nation Address in July last year that it was about time to implement the fare increase.

Using the formula, passengers of the 17-kilometer MRT-3 from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City and vice versa would pay P28 for stored value and single journey tickets from the current fare of P15.

MRT-3 fares were lowered to a range of P10 to P15 from a range of P12 to P20 in 2000. When the mass transit system started operating in 1999, fares ranged from P17 to P34.

On the other hand, passengers on LRT-1 from Baclaran to Monumento would have to shell out P30 for single journey and P29 for stored value tickets from the existing P20 fare.

Likewise, passengers of LRT-2 from Recto Avenue to Santolan would have to pay P24 for stored value and P25 for single journey tickets from the current P15 fare.

The government last raised fares for LRT-1 to P15 in 2003 while fares of LRT-2 have remained unchanged.

In recent months, the MRT and LRT have received negative criticisms from riders for the long queues at their stations during rush hour and for several operational glitches.