PNR mulls fare hike

By Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 20 2010 02:43 PM | Updated as of Aug 20 2010 10:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine National Railways (PNR) General Manager Manuel Andal said Friday that they are planning to implement its own fare increase once the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) fare hikes are approved.

Currently, train fares range from P10 to P20 per passengers. Its route starts at Tutuban in Manila and ends at Alabang in Muntinlupa.

The railway serves around 35,000 passengers a day.

Andal, meanwhile, assured that their fares will still be cheaper than the MRT and LRT even if they implement a hike.

He explained that they simply need additional money for maintenance and operational costs.

He said the PNR currently owns 6 trains, with 3 coaches per train, and each requires P4-million in maintenance per year.

Andal said that the Japanese government is donating 70 coaches to the PNR. However, he said that the PNR will have to shell out P3 million in freight charges for each coach.

He said that if the government can bring home the coaches, the PNR will be able to extend its route to Legaspi City in Bicol region, which would be a great advantage to passengers from the northern part of Luzon.