Who would have thought that a commotion will happen along the very railings of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) that will force passengers to alight from the coaches and walk to the nearest station for safety?
After leaving the Arareta Center-Cubao station, the pilot of MRT train #14 decided to stop the train at around 9:52 a.m. when smokes came beneath the coach due to the locked up brake system of the train. The passengers panicked when the pilot checked the smoke. They were let out and had to walk along the railway and exit at the Santolan-Anapolis station.
Six passengers were hurt and had to be hold for two hours in the ticketing station.
Two days ago, an escalator at the Ayala station of MRT stopped abruptly due to a fault roller. The incident caused some of the people riding the escalator lose their balance as nine were injured.
MRT has been operating since 11 years. Trains have a 25-year lifespan, but it seems the fare hike for MRT and LRT (Light Rail Transit) is truly reasonable for improvement of maintenance and facilities.
The approved new rates of MRT and LRT, the train systems in the metro, were approved as provisional fare hike but are still subject to public consultation. The fare hike will take effect this March 1.
The MRT line from Taft to North Avenue currently has the following fare matrix:
P10 – for the first 3 stations
P11 – for 4-5 stations
P12 – for 6-8 stations
P14 – for 9-11 stations
P15 – for 12 stations
The fare hike means a maximum of P28 on traveling the entire line of MRT from Taft to North Avenue.
On the other hand, this is the current fare matrix of the LRT lines:
P12 – for the first stations
P15 – for the rest of the line
Stored-value ticket holders are charged as follow:
P12 – for the first 4 stations
P13 – for 5-8 stations
P14 – for 9-12 stations
P15 – for 13-15 stations
As a result, traveling through LRT line 1 from Baclaran to Roosevelt will cost a passenger a maximum of P30. LRT line 2 from Recto to Santolan has a maximum fare of P25.
The fare hike is in line with the aim of the government to reduce the subsidies funded by the government for the operations of the train lines.
The economic team of the Cabinet nodded for the proposed fare increase in Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) but still mum about the adjusted rate.
According to Presidential Development and Strategic Planning Secretary Ricky Carandang, the approval was “in principle”. Instead of revealing the new fare in MRT and LRT, he just mentioned that it will be “slight”, “won’t be much”, and “reasonable”.
The announcement of the adjusted fare in MRT and LRT is expected to come from Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Jose Ping de Jesus.
Public consultation will be held before pushing any implementation forward.
As of now, the highest train fare is P15–significantly lower than the actual cost of about P48.
[via Sun Star]