DOTC postpones MRT, LRT fare hike-A A +A
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
THE Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) postponed the implementation of fare increase for the Metro Manila's rail system due to the pending power rate hike by the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).
Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that they considered the condition of time in deferring its plan to hike the fare for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines.
He cited the pending P4.15 per kilowatt per hour power rate hike by Meralco, which has been issued a 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) by the Supreme Court last December.
"You have to be sensitive to people's lives too," he said.
The government earlier proposed the formula of 11 plus 1 fare increase wherein P11 will be charged upon boarding and additional P1 every succeeding kilometer. With the proposed rate, MRT and LRT fares would climb to almost P30 from the first station up to the last for the single journey tickets and almost P28 for the stored value ticket holders.
The transportation agency said the planned fare hike would allow it to save P2.06 billion, which the government can use to enhance services at the rail lines by improving facilities and providing better maintenance works.
Currently, the government subsidizes a passenger of MRT and LRT at a rate of P42 and P20, respectively and has spent P75 billion in subsidies over the past decade. (Sunnex)