MRT fare hike to depend on public consultation – Lacierda

September 9, 2010 10:12 am 

MANILA, Sept. 8 — The decision on how much fare increase should be imposed in Metro Rail Transit (MRT), one of the busiest social transport systems in the country, will depend on the result of the ongoing public consultation being conducted by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).

In a press briefing on Wednesday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda disclosed that there is an ongoing public hearing on the proposed MRT fare hike after the national government announced that it cannot forever subsidize the transport system’s low-income performance.

Lacierda reiterated that the government move is an attempt to “even out” MRT’s resources as it is currently being subsidized by the government through the taxpayers’ money.

He assured however that any amount to be added in the existing MRT fare should be acceptable to the commuting public.

Lacierda stressed that the consensus of the riding public together with transport groups in a series of consultations will be carefully studied before they come up with a final decision.

The DOTC is already conducting a review on the mulled fare increase while Transportation and Communication Secretary Jose de Jesus is holding a separate audit review of the MRT revenues from advertisements and its daily operations. (PNA)

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