Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna said fares at the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) should be lowered because of the lingering technical problems that have inconvenienced rail riders.
“Ang sabi nila dati gaganda ang serbisyo kapag nagfare hike? Bakit lumala pa ang pangit na ngang serbisyo? Dapat irollback ang pasahe sa MRT at LRT (They said the fare hike will improve the services. Why is it that the bad service got even worse? A rollback on fares should be implemented),” Colmenares, the House Deputy Minority Leader, said.
The maximum fare of P15 from North Avenue to Taft Avenue in Pasay was raised to P28 in January.
“The justification for the 87 percent fare hike last January was to improve services and the condition of our trains. Yet, when it rains, our poor commuters are not only unnecessarily penalized by longer queues but also by being bathed with rain water coming from the train’s leaky roofs or in the long lines outside of the terminals,” Zarate said.
“With billions of budget poured into our train system, there is no more excuse for the government why there are only a number of working train coaches and why roofs are leaking in the few working ones,” he added. “The MRT and LRT have now become iconic for inefficiency and corruption. The dangerous, expensive, and inefficient MRT and LRT is the result of government’s abandonment of our transport system.”