MANILA, Philippines—Government lawyers have asked the Supreme Court for more time to answer the petitions questioning the legality of the fare increase in the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT).
Last week’s bidding for MRT-3 maintenance flopped. So did the one for LRT-2 only last Dec. 23. The LRT-1 bidding failed earlier, Oct. 24.
Bidders have snubbed for the second time a P2.4-billion, three-year contract to maintain the busy Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
“The reason why this fare increase is such a burden is because the service is not improving. We already allocated money for the MRT rehabilitation and improvement for 2015. There is enough funding. We don’t need the money from the fare hike in order to improve MRT3.”
The Aquino administration faces heightened public protest against increased fares in the Metro Manila elevated railway system, as it stonewalls on the decision raising the fares starting Jan. 4.
DESPITE hitting a roadblock at the House of Representatives, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will continue to pursue the multibillion-peso takeover of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) System, a Cabinet official said.
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