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DOTr assures no fare hike for MRT-3 despite rehab works

By: - Reporter / @FMOrellanaINQ
/ 10:09 AM November 10, 2018

TEST RUN Over a year since their delivery, two of the Dalian trains will finally hit the tracks, albeit for a short period. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured the public on Saturday that no fare hike would be implemented for the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) amid total rehabilitation of the line.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan issued the assurance following the singing of the loan agreement between the country and Japan.

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The rehab project will run until 2022 and will cover complete 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 light rail vehicles.

READ: PH, Japan sign loan agreement for 26-month MRT-3 rehab

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“That is not even in the horizon for us at this point,” Batan said.

“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,” he added.

(It has been the firm instruction of Secretary Arthur Tugade not to increase any fare until the commuters themselves feel the improvements in the services of the MRT-3.)

The MRT-3 had its last fare increase back in January 2015 to an P11 base fare and P1 increase per kilometer

The MRT-3 line ferries an average of 350,000 commuters daily and stretches from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City. /jpv

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