Fares on the Light Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2 and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 are set to increase effective on January 4, 2015 according to the Department of Transportation and Communication.
DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the increase, which he called “a tough decision” had to be made. Metro Manila’s rail lines, particularly the MRT-3, have been the subject of complaints from commuters because of congestion and frequent delays caused by glitches and breakdowns
The new base fare will be P11.00 from the current P10.00 with P1.00 charged per additional kilometer. I think this price increase is long overdue. So a one peso additional fare will be okay.
According to Abaya, the increased rates will bring improved services on the MRT and LRT lines.
The last fare increase for the LRT-1 was in 2003 while the LRT-2’s rates have never been increased. MRT-3, on the other hand, lowered from P17 – P34 in 1999 to P12 – P20 in 2000. Fares were decreased further to the current P10 – P15.
“It’s been several years since an increase was proposed. We delayed it’s implementation one last time until after the Christmas season,” Abaya said.