QUEZON CITY, Nov. 13 (PIA)--The Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured the public that it has no plans to impose a fare increase in the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), even as it is poised to begin a total rehabilitation of the system.
"That is not even in the horizon for us at this point," DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said.
Batan reiterated the instructions of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade to shelve any discussion on a fare hike and to let the commuting public experience first the significant improvements made, once completed, on the 18-year-old rail system
"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 said.
The MRT-3 last increased its fares in January 2015 to Php11 base fare plus additional Php1 per kilometer.
The 16.9-kilometer rail line that stretches from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City is currently accommodating an average of 350,000 commuters daily.
On Thursday, the governments of the Philippines and Japan, through the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), signed the PhP18-billion loan agreement for the MRT-3 Rehabilitation Project.
The project, which will run until 2022, covers the rehabilitation and maintenance of all sub-components of MRT-3, including its electromechanical systems, power supply, rail tracks, depot equipment, and a general overhaul of all its 72 18-year-old Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs). (PIA-NCR)