How to Keep MRT Fares Cheap by Rep. Teddy Casino

How to Keep MRT Fares Cheap by Bayan Muna Party-List Representative Teddy Casino -- There have been uproars on the planned MRT fare hike as per announced by the DOTC sometime in the last month. In my blog post regarding the matter, I concentrated mainly on the improvement of the system's support facilities and a slight touch on soft measures like attitudinal re-orientation.

This time with Rep. Casino is a rather deeper take on the hard measures and it includes additional trains to be deployed. His other recommendation is to explore the possibilities of considering shared subsidy between the DOTC, local government units and the big business establishments along the train routes.

Rep. Casino said:
To date there are a total of 73 Light Railway Vehicles in operation.  Each LRV has three trains or coaches running at least three minutes apart. Now there are approximately 450,000 riders per day but (the MRT’s) design is just for 300,000 to 350,000 riders per day
What can be done here is to add another set of 73 LRVs, but this time each LRV would have four trains or coaches running two minutes apart. This would increase MRT3’s capacity to 600,000 to 700,000 riders per day. If this is still not possible though, another coach can be added to the existing LRVs to increase the MRT3’s capacity by 150,000
And in order to prevent a fare increase for the MRT system, Casino suggested the following:
  • Conduct a comprehensive review on the way the system is run towards making it more efficient, removing unnecessary perks and bonuses to management, and correcting onerous loan and business arrangements entered into during the previous administration
  • Ask malls and big business establishments along the train routes to contribute to a subsidy fund as part of their service to their buying public
  • Ask local government units along the train’s route to contribute to the subsidy since they directly benefit from the MRT
 As his concluding remarks, Casino mentioned about the innate role of the mass transit system:
Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Abaya should not forget that the purpose of constructing mass transit systems is to provide the public with cheap transportation services. The administration should instead seriously consider these options to help subsidize the MRT mass transit system instead of resorting to fare hikes
An Infographic for Rep. Teddy Casino's proposals to prevent MRT fare hike (from http://presyoibaba.tumblr.com/post/34149820592/4-ways-to-increase-mrt-revenue)

What are your views regarding the above-mentioned ideas on how to keep the MRT fares cheap? Any insights or maybe additional thoughts that you think would ease the present plight of the mass transit system? Will adding new trains solve the problem? Fire away your comments via the comment box below.

28 comments:

  1. He has great ideas. I agree with the idea of mall contributing to the subsidy funds as they really benefit from MRT. They are strategically positioned on these train stations and should at least contribute to lessen government expense. I hope stations could really provide secured parking spaces so vehicle owners will be encouraged to station their cars and use the train.

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  2. Quite ironic of Teddy Casino, Wants to invest more on infrastructure but would not want fare hikes.

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  3. Agree on number two point, encourage people to take MRT/LRT if their office work/school are walking distance from train stations. This will not only ease the traffic, but also minimize air and noise pollutions coming from cars.

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  4. He has a point, let us always remember that the main purpose of the MRT is to provide transporation, ease the traffic and give a cheaper fare to the masses =)

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  5. Anonymous10/27/2012

    Hmmm... Im not really a fan of Teddy Casino. I just dont want that he's always on the opposite side of everybody. Not sure why though.. But his ideas with this MRT fares, seems to be okay. But the question is, why is he letting these ideas out, just in time for election.. I hope not. AndI hope he gets helps on his ideas from the right people and agencies for this to be taken cared of.

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  6. If ever the MRT fare increases, it defeats its primary purpose of providing the masses with cheap transportation services.

    I agree with the option where it lessens the perks and unnecessary bonuses to the management and the one asking for help on subsidy funds from big institutions/businesses along the train stations.. :)

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  7. wow honestly i haven't try mrt in philippines. but here in singapore it is so convenient and all can't feel though it the fare hikes also xx

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  8. Rep Casino has a point there, but creating new trains will have a big impact sa govt. expensitures, sino na naman ang mag-shoulder, ang masa na naman. Poor Juan dela Cruz.

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  9. agree! wish this would happen.. it would be a great help to commuters.. hope the big businesses and local govt would agree too and just think of it as part of their corporate social responsibility :)

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  10. I've always wanted to live and work in places next to LRT/MRT stations so I don't have to go through the horror of traffic and not being able to get a ride.
    I also love the idea of bike parking facilities.
    The options mentioned above are okay. Just hope when they are implemented, nobody will be tempted to get a kickback as these will increase the income of MRT.

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  11. Like most Government controlled businesses... I feel that they're just mismanaging the MRT... with hundreds of thousands of passengers everyday, it shouldn't be having financial problems... tama si papaleng, kawawa kaming mga pobre... ;)

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  12. For me, I'm in favor for the price increase but not 10 pesos. Lets say half of it (5 pesos) will do.

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  13. Increasing the number of the trains servicing the people and having wider platforms will be a big help, too. That way, the trains will be considered not just a cheap way of traveling, but also more convenient since they are more reliable when it comes to time. Parking facilities are also a great help.

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  14. Sir Teddy Casino has a point. but i don't really think that adding more trains can keep the MRT fare low. it is another investment for them so there is still a possibility that they will increase their fare to cope up with their new investment.

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  15. Anonymous10/27/2012

    I must say that subsidizing funds for new trains are a bit "bulky" for our government to shoulder... otherwise the government should also look for other ways to minimize traffic .

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  16. No to MRT increase, Filipinos will get poorer and poorer :( Maybe our government should look for another way to create new MRT line without hurting our pockets that much.

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  17. I guess, political leaders should take considerations in all aspects of the issue before pursuing another new ideas. They seem to overtake simple logic sometimes.

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  18. that's a good idea. i dont ride the mrt everyday but i think the P10 increase would give a heavy impact to everyday commuters. If they really need to push that increase, why not start with only +P1 or two?

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  19. That would be a great suggestion but it must be fairly implemented and no hidden agenda.

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  20. We do not have mrt in the province but that would be nice to consider whenever I will be in Manila.

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  21. He has a point. Malaking tulong ito sa mga commuters.

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  22. great presentation especially number 3 which malls and establishment can be more benefited with the LRT bringing them more prospect costumer

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  23. Maganda yung proposal ni Rep. Casino lalo na dun sa "Ask malls and big business establishments along the train routes to contribute to a subsidy fund as part of their service to their buying public" sa dinami daming malls na nakapaligid sa mga MRT Stations, napakalaking tulong talaga kung makikipag-cooperate sila. ヅ

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  24. I take the MRT whenever I pick up work in Makati, which is like 4x in a month. But my beau uses the train to get to his work in Paranaque (from QC) at least 24 times in a month. WE both want the extra trains. But I think it's a bit unfair for us passengers to feel more of the weight of the fare hike. SInce we patronize the use of the public transit on a daily basis, we shouldn't have to be burdened by its future expenses. So I agree with Rep. Casino about tapping into the business and govt establishments that benefit from the MRT.

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  25. Honestly, and I hope this isn't taken the wrong way, I would rather much prefer higher rates than sardines-esque rides to and from work.

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  26. I guess Teddy Casino has a point here, big business establishment along MRT especially with access directly to their entrances should subsidize some expense on maintenance of MRT, to help the commuters which also turns out to be their customers not to get the burden on fare hike.

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  27. Maganda nga mga panukala ni Teddy Casino. Tsaka nag simula na silang mag tipid ngayon. Ang ibang train ng LRT1 at MRT walang aircon. Sana makioperate din ang mga malls.

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  28. For me, ok lang na magtaas ang fare basta po mag-improve ang serbisyo (e.g. bigger coaches and more of them, on time with the scheds). I don't think it's unfair. If we expect the gov't to subsidize 100% maiiwan tayo lalo ng ibang bansa.

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