New city rail fare structure eyed

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The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) and the operator of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) have proposed to rationalize the rail fare system of Metro Manila by adopting the “users pay” principle, whereby commuters will be charged based in the distance they travel instead of the number of stations they pass.

This will also bring LRT and MRT fares closer to those of other public utility land transport options.

Under the proposed “11+1” formula, passengers will be charged P11 upon boarding trains and pay an additional P1 for every kilometer traveled.

An additional P2.06 billion in revenues will be earned by the LRTA and the operator of the MRT3. This will be deducted from the subsidy that government provides for the operation of the LRT Line 1 and 2, and the MRT3.


The added revenues can also be used to enhance services, improve facilities, and providing better maintenance works.

According to the LRTA, its ongoing and recently competed projects involve medical and security upgrades, such as the provision of ambulances, first aid kits, stretchers and wheelchairs.

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