Commuting on the MRT-3 especially during the rush hour can dampen one’s spirit. From neverending lines, constant breakdowns, and passengers crammed like a can of tuna, will there ever be some comfort for the Filipino public?
On October 3, Senator Grace Poe pitched an idea to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to offer business-class coaches on the MRT-3 in an effort to reduce private car drivers on the road. The idea came from a concerned citizen.
The idea was pitched during a Senate hearing on the DOTr’s budget. The senator said, “Like, kunyari, sasakay ka ng eroplano, ‘di ba? Mayroong front seats na mas mahal, first to board, but you pay a premium.”
The senator also pitched a fare of P200 to P300 per ride in the business-class coach of the MRT-3. She said that while the suggestion may be controversial, people would pay to access better services.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said they could entertain the suggestion, but MRT needs to undergo rehabilitation first. Arthur added that it’s not yet the right time to offer luxury services on the MRT-3 as it is having difficulty in deploying coaches to the public.
The MRT-3 has a ridership of about half a million passengers per day.
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