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Close to 8.5M passengers enjoy free MRT rides in one month

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Close to 8.5 million commuters were able to enjoy free MRT-3 rides during the first month of its Libreng Sakay program.

From March 28 to April 30, ridership reached 8.47 million, according to the Department of Transportation.

The number of daily riders has increased by 27.8 percent since the program was launched, the DOTR said.

“Within the said dates, an average of 309,013 passengers availed the LIBRENG SAKAY on a weekday. This was an increase of 27.8% from 241,800, the recorded weekday average from 1 March to 27 March 2022 before the LIBRENG SAKAY program,” it said.

The highest single day ridership so far was 335,993, which was recorded on April 8.

The Libreng Sakay program has been extended to May 30.

“This will allow the MRT-3 and the DOTr to continue providing assistance to the riding public in their commuting needs amid inflation and high fuel prices, as well as promote the improved services and facilities of the rail line after its massive rehabilitation,” the DOTR said.