- Senator Grace Poe suggested that MRT should have “business class” or premium coaches
- This would encourage others who can afford to leave their cars and ride the MRT instead
- DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the idea is similar with the new PNR lines under construction, which has “ordinary, business, and first class.”
Senator Grace Poe suggested that MRT and LRT should have “business class” or premium coaches for those who can afford.
Poe said to lessen the use of private vehicles on the road, MRT can offer passengers premium seats for the price of P200-300. For the added convenience, passengers can choose to leave their vehicles and take the public transit instead.
She explained, “So sabihin na nating tig-200 pesos, tig-300 pesos ‘yung sasakay do’n. Meron silang guaranteed space and designated line. Bakit? Kasi ‘yung mga tao who can afford to pay that amount are the ones that probably drive private vehicles.”
Poe described the out-of-the-box idea to airlines’ business class seats. She said, “Initially, naisip namin, ‘Teka baka naman disc
rimina tory ito.’ Pero the reality is, many pay for additional service. Like kunyari, sasakay ka ng eroplano. Merong front seats na mas mahal, first to board, but you pay a premium,” she added.
She said the added income will go to the Department of Transportation for the benefit of the public.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade agreed to look into the suggestion. He said the idea is similar to the new Philippine National Railway (PNR) lines under construction that would already have three classes: ordinary, business, and first class.
Tugade clarified that the suggestion would be considered once the deal for the new set of trains is completed.
He said, “Yung suhestiyon po, pwede pong pagtuunan ng pansin ‘yan pag nagawa na po ‘yung kabuuuan ng ating Sumitomo [deal] kasi doon pa lang po tayo magkakaroon ng family of trains para sa gano’n, maprograma po ‘yun.”