No improvement, no fare hike: DOTr assures cost of riding MRT-3 remains stable for now

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will not raise fares for the MRT-3 despite the impending overhaul of the 18-year-old railway line.

Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan said discussions on the fare hike are “not even in the horizon for us at this point.”

“Mariin na instruction ni Secretary Tugade na hindi tayo mag-i-increase ng anumang pasahe hangga’t hindi nararamdaman ng ating mga commuters ang improvement sa services ng MRT-3,” he said in a statement Saturday.

The last increase of the MRT-3’s fares happened in January 2015, when the base fare became P11 with an additional P1 per kilometer.

On Thursday, the governments of the Philippines and Japan signed an P18-billion loan agreement for the MRT-3’s rehabilitation.

The project, which will run until 2022, covers the rehabilitation and maintenance of all of the MRT-3’s sub-components, including its electromechanical systems, power supply, rail tracks, depot equipment and a general overhaul of the train cars.

The 16.9-kilometer railway line, which stretches from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City, currently accommodates an average of 350,000 commuters daily.