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LRT-1, LRT-2 fare hike begins Aug. 2

MANILA, August 1 ------ Fares for both the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) and the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) are set to increase beginning Aug. 2. The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) operator and maintenance of the LRT-1 -- said there will be a new minimum fare of PHP14 and a maximum fare of PHP35 for stored value cards (SVCs) while single journey tickets (SJTs) will range from PHP15 to PHP35.

This is an increase from the current minimum fare of PHP12 and maximum fare of PHP30 for SVCs and for SJTs ranging from PHP15 to PHP30. “Based on the decision of DOTr’s Rail Regulatory Unit (RRU), the LRT-1 boarding fare will become PHP13.29 with a distance fare of PHP1.21 per kilometer, coming from the current boarding fare of PHP11 and distance fare of PHP1 per kilometer,” the LRMC said in a statement Monday. It noted that due process has been followed in the fare increase, including the requirement to publish the approved fare adjustments for three consecutive weeks. “Thirty days after the last publication date will be the collection date of the new fares; hence the effectivity date of August 2 for the new fares. A public consultation was also held on 17 February 2023 which was attended by various stakeholders,” it said.

On the other hand, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced the LRT-2’s fare increase on Facebook. SVCs will soon have a minimum fare of PHP14 and a maximum of PHP33 from the previous PHP12 and PHP28 respectively. Meanwhile, the minimum fare for SJTs will remain at PHP15 while the maximum fare will increase to PHP35 from the current PHP30. The fare increase for the LRT-2 is also based on the fare adjustment approved by the RRU for the LRT-1. “Ang karagdagang pamasahe ay gagamitin para sa pagsasaayos at pagpapabuti ng mga pasilidad at serbisyo ng LRT-2. Taong 2015 pa noong huling inaprubahan ang fare adjustment para sa linya (The fare increase will be used to fix and improve the facilities and services of the LRT-2. It was 2015 when the last fare adjustment for the line was approved),” the DOTr said.

Students, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities will still have a 20 percent fare discount. In June, the DOTr approved the fare increase for both the LRT-1 and LRT-2 and said the increase will lessen the amount spent by the government on subsidizing their fares by around three percent. DOTr Assistant Secretary for Railways Sector Jorjette Aquino said the actual cost per passenger of a single end-to-end trip at the LRT-2 is about PHP178 while only charging PHP30 to passengers.



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