LRTA approves fare adjustment for LRT 1,2

January 12, 2011 12:52 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 11 — The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) approved on Tuesday a maximum P10 fare hike for the country's three railway system which is targeted to be implemented, subject to public consultations, on March 1.

Daniel Velasco, spokesperson of the Department of Transportations and Communications (DOTC), said the LRTA approved a boarding fee of P11 plus additional P1 for every kilometer thereof for LRT Lines 1 and 2.

Velasco said Metro Rail Transit Authority (MRTA) will also implement the same fare adjustment for MRT Line 3.

He said that the fare matrix for MRT 3 is yet to be released.

Velasco said the DOTC targets to implement the fare adjustment on March 1.

"There will be public consultations next month. We are expecting some reactions," Velasco said.

Given this, the new proposed fare from Baclaran in Pasay to Roosevelt, Quezon City will be P30 from the current fare of P20.

The LRT 1 consists of the 15-kilometer elevated railway system servicing the Taft Avenue to Rizal Avenue route between Baclaran, Pasay City and the Bonifacio Monument in the City of Caloocan.

The average fare for LRT Line 1 will become P19 compared to the current average fare of P14.20. Velasco said a passenger travels an average of 8 kilometers.

This is slightly higher compared to the regular bus fare of P14.55 and P17.60 for aircon bus.

For LRT Line 2's Recto to Santolan route, the suggested fare will be P35 from the current fare of P25. The average fare for LRT Line 2 will be P19.08 from the current P13.51.

LRT 2 is a 13.8-km elevated mass transit line that traverses Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, San Juan and Manila along the major thoroughfares of Marcos Highway, Aurora Boulevard, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Legarda and Recto Avenue.

Velasco said the Department of Finance (DOF) has recommended the fare increase for LRT Lines 1 and 2 to cover the authority's operational expenses and reduce subsidy. The LRTA has not increased LRT fares since 2003.

At present, Velasco said the government subsidy without fare adjustment is P8.95 billion, P5.895 billion for LRT Line 1 and P3.06 for LRT 2.

With the new fare adjustment, Velasco said government subsidy will be reduced to P1.22 billion.

The subsidy per passenger for LRT 1 is P21.57 and P47.24 for LRT 2.

The government expects the annual ridership for LRT Line 1 to reach 177.5 million this year from 160.81 million last year.

For Line 2, the expected annual ridership for this year is P67.1 million from 64.56 million in 2010. (PNA)

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