How to avail the DOTr student free ride

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 1, 2019   •   11623

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: Passengers inside an MRT coach on a rush hour ride

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) began the implementation of the Student free Ride Program on Monday (July 1).

READ: Students to get free train rides, airport and seaport terminal fees — DOTr

According to LRTA, students would need to avail their Student Free Ride ID/Pass by applying online. After applying online, students will receive an email on when to claim their ID. They may claim their ID at any nearest LRT station.

While the Student Free Ride ID/Pass is being processed students need to follow these steps to avail the free ride.

  • Show your school ID to the station teller at the Student Free Ride designated station.
  • Claim the Student Free Ride Ticket (SFRT).
  • Show your school ID and SFRT to the security guard at the service/staff gate.
  • Before leaving the station, students have to show their school ID to the security guard at the service/staff gate and surrender their SFRT at the designated drop box.

For lost SFRT, there will be a penalty of P30.00.—AAC

Female passengers to get free rides at LRT-2 on March 8

Robie de Guzman   •   March 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) on Friday said women train passengers will get free rides on March 8, Sunday.

In a Twitter post, the LRT-2 said the offer is in celebration of International Women’s Day.

“Kaugnay ng pagdiriwang ng International Women’s Day, may libreng sakay ang lahat ng kababaihang pasahero ng LRT-2 sa Marco 8, 2020!” it said.

The LRT-2 said women passengers can avail of free rides during the following peak hours – from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

LRT-2 shuts off air conditioning system due to volcanic ash

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transport (LRT) Line 2 management has temporarily shut down the train’s air conditioning system to prevent damage to the trains due to ash fall as a result of the recent eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas.

On its Twitter account, LRT-2 added that windows will remain closed to prevent the riding public from exposure to volcanic ash that is harmful to health due to its sulfur content.

Train service remains on normal operation at LRT2 as well as at LRT Line 1 and MRT-3.

Meanwhile, the number coding scheme has already been suspended on Monday.

This means vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are allowed to travel in Metro Manila streets throughout the day.

Also, all flights have already been cancelled at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as early as Sunday (January 12).

Cancellations remain in effect “until further notice,” according to authorities.

READ: DOTr, CAAP, MIAA: Flight suspension in effect until further notice

Beep cards now at P30

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Stored value cards or ‘beep cards’ now cost ₱30, according to the latest announcement of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) on Thursday (January 2).

The P10 price hike on stored value cards has taken effect on January 1, 2020.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified, however, that there is no increase in the actual train fare of LRT-1, LRT-2 and Metro Rail Transit Line Line-3.

On top of the P30 issuance fee on reloadable cards, passengers have to pay an initial load higher than the minimum fare of P12 for LRT-1 and 2 and P13 for MRT-3.

The said increase in card issuance fee is in line with the concession agreement signed on March 31, 2014 by DOTr and AF Payments Inc., the concessionaire jointly owned by the Ayala Group and Metro Pacific Investments.

Based on Sec. 16.5.b of the agreement: “Any Stored Value Card distributed by the concessionaire until 31 December 2019 shall be charged an issuance fee of not more than twenty pesos (PhP 20); and any stored value card distributed by the concessionaire after 31 December 2019 shall be charged an issuance fee of not more than thirty pesos (PhP30).”

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