Most classes will officially resume on January 5, 2015. And being a student who is a regular commuter of both the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT), my emotions are torn with the current state of the train stations. Starting on January 4 next year, the fare for MRT Line 3 and LRT Line 1 and 2 will increase as per Department Order No 2014-014 issued by Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.
When you come to think of it, it would really be a burden for students like me since that means we have to cut our budget for other things since we need to allot more of our transportation expenses. However, when you look at the bright side of it, it could possibly lead to a better service and maintenance operations given that the management will use the additional profit to good use.
If I would to be asked, I think it's time we increase the fare. And no, it's not because my parents are the one giving me the money, but more of because it's really time to upgrade. Imagine, when the MRT started in 1999, the original fare was around Php 17 to Php 34. But a year after, in 2000 in was lowered down to Php 10 to Php 15. And now, as we head over to a new year, the expected fee for MRT Line 3 shall be around Php 28 from North Avenue station to Taft Station. That's still a lot cheaper compared to buses.
So what's the real deal here? If the government can handle it well, then it would be great. But if we see that there's really no improvement, then most likely, we're just giving them more money to take home.
What do you think? Do you agree that it's time to increase the fare or should we focus first on the improvement of the management?
- Justin -