Bayan to DOTC: Address availability of trains first

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Pilot test of the new "tap and go" ticketing system started on Monday (July 20) at the LRT-2.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — "Address availability of trains first."

This is what Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) asked on Monday (July 20) while slamming officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) for prioritizing the new ticketing system to address long queues in ticket booths.

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Renato Reyes, secretary general of Bayan, said the problem that needs to be addressed is the availability of running trains, which he said have decreased under the Aquino administration.

Back in 2010, 30 LRT-1 trains were running but this June only 27 trains are running. As a result, load capacity has became higher even if fewer passengers are now taking the LRT-1 — from 44 million in March 2014 to 37.8 million in March this year.

Aside from this, Reyes said a loss of about P77 million was incurred by the LRT management due to ticket pilferage.

"Minsan binibigay coupons or uncoded tickets 'yun pala may mga binabayad sila na hindi napupunta sa kaban ng gobyerno kung hindi naibubulsa or tumatagas," he said.

The LRT is now issuing paper tickets and uncoded tickets to LRT-1 passengers due to the transition phase from the old ticketing system to the new one.

A number of LRT employees were fired due to ticket pilferage.

"[Yung] iba ninanakaw ticket, [yung] iba use fake value coupons... They have identified people behind this one. And the they have implemented enough action to prevent similar incidents from happening," LRT spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said.