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Bayan Muna urges SC to act on petition vs MRT/LRT fare hike, refund

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The militant Bayan Muna on Thursday reminded the Supreme Court on a pending petition which sought to nullify fare increases being implemented in the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) and Light Rail Transit lines 1 and 2.

In a motion, the group also asked the high tribunal to refund the public the fares the mass transit system has already collected.

Bayan Muna wanted to nullify and stop
the government from further implementing Department of Transportation and Communications Order 2014-04.

The implementation of the DO resulted in fare increases from P10 to P11 for both the Metro Rail Transit and the Light Rail Transit with additional P1 for each kilometer beginning January 4, 2015.

As a result, the maximum fare on the train lines went up to between P28 and P30 from the previous P15 and P20.

“The MRT3, despite the much-questioned and much-protested fare hike, continues to give its passengers poor and unsatisfactory service. It continues to experience technical problems that endanger the safety of the riding public. News about its malfunctions has now become so common, and complaints from the public have been increasing,” stated the motion.

“The worsening condition of our rail system in spite of the implementation of the fare hikes only proves the correctness and validity of petitioners grounds for their opposition to the 2015 LRT/MRT fare hikes, as embodied in the Department Order No. 2014-014 of then DOTC,” the motion read.

In case the SC nullify the fare hike, Bayan Muna said the riding public must also get an “across-the-board refund.”

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