No schedule yet for MRT, LRT fare hike public consultations — DoTC

September 27, 2013 9:59 am 

MANILA, Sept. 27 — The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Friday said that the public consultations on the planned fare hike on the country’s mass rail systems have yet to be scheduled.

DoTC spokesman Michael Arthur Sagcal said agency officials have yet to decide on the dates for the pubic consultations after the first targeted date of August 22 did not push through.

“Wala pang shedule,” said Sagcal in a text message.

DoTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya earlier eyed Aug. 22 as the start of the talks among stakeholders for the fare adjustments.

The meet, however, did not happen due to tropical depression Maring and the southwest monsoon which affected most parts of the country that time, including Metro Manila.

The fare adjustment, according to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio Abad, should have an additional of at least P25 to cut government subsidy in passenger fares.

Officials said the actual end to end trip fare for the MRT should be P60 per passenger. At present, a passenger pays only P15 for an end to end trip, which makes the government subsidize P 45.

On the other hand, Sammy Malunes, convenor of Riles Laan sa Sambayanan (Riles) Network, a group opposed to the fare adjustment, said it will submit a position paper to the DoTC to explain why there is no need to effect a fare increase. (PNA)

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