Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 riders have good reason to expect better transport services after the national government released the train system’s P1.207-billion budget for rehabilitation and capacity expansion, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
In a statement released on Wednesday, the DBM said the funds released to the Department of Transportation and Communications will cover the rehabilitation and the capacity extension of MRT-3 “as part of efforts to improve the country’s railway systems and address the needs of the riding public.”
Chargeable against the 2014 Supplemental Appropriations, the P1.207-billion budget will also be used to fund the replacement of MRT’s inefficient signaling system and rehabilitate the escalators and elevators in the train stations.
“The rehabilitation of the MRT-3 is long overdue, especially in the wake of past challenges faced by MRT commuters. The release of funds to rehabilitate the MRT-3 will go a long way in improving not only the capacity of the mass transit system but the overall user experience,” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said.
With the rehabilitation of the MRT-3, the government can now offer better transport services to the public to alleviate their concerns over safety and security, Abad said.
“This, in turn, may help ease the traffic situation in Metro Manila as motorists can now take the public transport system instead of using their vehicles to drive to their destinations,” he added.