Free MRT-3 rides extended to May 30

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Good news for Metro Manila commuters!

The Libreng Sakay program of the MRT-3 has been extended up to May 30, the Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday.

The program was supposed to end on April 30.

“Passengers will be able to continue enjoying free rides at the rehabilitated MRT-3 line until 30 May 2022, anytime between the rail line’s operating hours from 4:40 a.m. and 10:10 p.m,” the DOTr said.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the extension of the program was intended to ease the burden on commuters amid the soaring prices of oil and basic goods, and the directive for workers to return on-site to their jobs.

It would also allow more people to benefit from the MRT, said Tugade.

“Gumanda at nagbago ang ridership ng MRT-3. Bago mag-pandemya, 260,000. At bagama’t may pandemya, ‘yung ridership ay umaabot sa 280,000. At ngayon, nasa 300,000 na ang naisasakay ng MRT-3 at naihahatid nang ligtas, kumportable, at walang aberya. Napapanahon na i-extend pa natin ang LIBRENG SAKAY sa MRT-3 upang mas maraming Pilipino ang makinabang,” Tugade said.

The increase in ridership has allowed the MRT to test its capacity and performance after the completion of its massive rehabilitation, according to MRT-3 OIC-General Manager and Director for Operations Michael Capati.

The extension of the free ride program would let it further test its capacity for accommodating a bigger number of daily passengers, some 350,000 or more, said Capati.

The MRT would continue to deploy its four-car train sets during peak hours.