Tag: MRT

‘Intelligent’ trackways

July 22, 2016

LIKE IT IS by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) July 21, 2016   I have been having a series of conversations with someone who has a very interesting concept. Francis Yuseco has developed, in considerable detail, a new kind of public transport. In essence, it’s a light rail transit (LRT)—but without the rails. It consists […]

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Their best was not good enough

November 30, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) November 30, 2015   Mar Roxas told a forum last week that as far as the MRT is concerned, he did everything he could during his time as secretary of the DOTC. “I’m confident that we did all that we could do given what we could […]

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DOTC: A shameful failure

June 16, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) June 12, 2015   “These days, thousands of MRT passengers have to wait longer in kilometric lines before they could get inside the train since only seven MRT trains are operational. Originally, there were 60 trains. Last year, the number dropped to 20, then 14, and […]

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FEF counters FDC’s view: Record speaks for itself

March 2, 2015

We advise Sammy Gamboa of Freedom from Debt Coalition or FDC (Opinion, 2/17/15) to please read our statement on train fare hikes (“Subsidy benefits mainly nonpoor riders,” Inquirer.net, 2/8/15) more closely: Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) acknowledges that subsidies of public transport may be unavoidable. What we maintain is that the size of the subsidy […]

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Subsidy benefits mainly nonpoor riders

February 9, 2015

Talk of the Town (The Philippine Daily Inquirer) February 8, 2015   We support not just the current fare hike, which is overdue, but also periodic fare adjustments to reduce subsidies to urban commuters and regain balance in the pricing of the various public transport modes. The numerous deficiencies of the relatively small MRT and […]

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…and of a metro train subsidy

February 4, 2015

Introspective by Romeo Bernardo (Business World) February 2, 2015   THE GOVERNMENT should cut and minimize its subsidy to the metropolitan rail system, and allow market forces to dictate the cost of riding the MRT and LRT. This is most likely an unpopular position, particularly since the metropolitan rail system offers a viable alternative to […]

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Opening statement of Sen. Grace Poe on the MRT3 hearing

February 2, 2015

In the spirit of fairness there are also other groups who support the increase but with a caveat: the Foundation for Economic Freedom published their position: They concede that “the persistent and festering problems plaguing the MRT LRT service cannot be reasonably solved if we continue the existing rate and level of government subsidy…”

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Group backs DOTC on LRT, MRT fare hike

January 31, 2015

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has found an ally in the controversial fare increase for the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) as well as Light Rail Transit lines 1 and 2 last Jan. 4. The non-government organization Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) issued yesterday a position paper stating that the government should allow market forces to dictate the cost of riding the MRT-3, LRT-1 and LRT-2.

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Foundation scores, seeks end to subsidies of light rail system

January 30, 2015

THE GOVERNMENT should cut and eventually remove its subsidy to Metro Manila’s light rail system and put in place a sound fare policy that will help expand the rail system from the current 79 kilometers to 200 kms by 2030, according to an economic watchdog.

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Group supports hike in LRT, MRT fares

January 29, 2015

The government should cut and eventually remove its subsidy to Metro Manila’s light rail system and put in place a sound fare policy that will help expand the rail system from the current 79 kilometers to 200 kms by 2030, according to an economic watchdog.

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