DOTr to review LTFRB’s approval of P10.00 minimum fare hike for PUJs
Marje Pelayo • October 31, 2018 • 1729
PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) intends to review the planned implementation of the P10 minimum fare increase for public utility jeepneys (PUJ) which is supposed to take effect this week.
The DOTr wants to study first the decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on the matter.
DOTr Road Transport OIC Undersecretary Mark de Leon argued that the agency has the power to review the decisions made by its attached agencies.
De Leon said they will immediately meet with officials of the LTFRB to discuss the proposed postponement of the implementation of the fare hike.
De Leon explained that when the transport group filed the petition for fare increase, the price of oil was at $80 dollars per barrel in the world market.
But after some time, petroleum prices dropped to $70 dollars per barrel this October, so a price hike is deemed unnecessary.
“We will be recommending that to LTFRB. Iho-hold na muna yung increase,” said De Leon.
The official cited Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade’s proposal of having one formula to follow in imposing fare adjustments which must be based on the price of oil.
“Dapat peron tayong parametric formula na kapag ganito ano in-adjust ng fuel automatic hindi kailangan na pag-usapan pa yan magiging automatic na ang pag-adjust ng fare increase,” De Leon said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) maintains that minimum fare in MRT Line 3 will remain despite the ongoing rehabilitation works on the train system.
According to Transport Undersecretary Timothy John Batan, unless commuters experience full convenience and observe significant improvements in the MRT Line 3 system, there is no reason for any fare increase.
Meanwhile, the Department is expected to achieve its target train speed of 60 km. and the completion of its rehabilitation efforts including the replacement of new rail tracks and the addition of new train coaches by the year 2021.
Once completed, the MRT Line 3’s full operation is expected to accommodate up to 600,000 passengers every day. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is targeting the partial operation of MRT-7 in 2021.
DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the project will definitely ease the burden of commuters as travel time from Quezon City to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan will reduce significantly from four hours to about 35 minutes once the project is completed.
On Wednesday (July 17), Batan and DOTr officials inspected MRT-7’s construction site in Quezon City to check the work in progress.
According to the project’s contractor San Miguel Corporation, the ongoing construction is already 44% complete which includes the train stations, platforms and the line where the railings will be placed.
The DOTr also announced that the procurement of 36 new train sets from South Korea has already been done.
MRT-7 is a 23-kilometer railway system that connects North Avenue in Quezon City to the province of Bulacan.
The train system traverses 14 stations namely North Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose Del Monte.
It can load up to 500,000 passengers daily.
To prevent similar glitches as those in MRT Line 3, the DOTr is in close coordination with the agency’s private partners in terms of the regular maintenance of the MRT-7.
Usec. Batan said the completion of the entire project is expected in 2022. – with details from Joan Nano
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