Good news for all the “suki” riders of Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3), you can still take advantage of its free rides for it has been extended once again until June 30, 2022.
According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the MRT-3 tallied a total of 353,147 passengers on May 25, the highest number of ridership since the train line gets back to it’s operation on May 1, 2020.
This is the result of free rides offered by MRT-3 with 14 to 16 3-car CKD train sets and 4 4-car CKD train sets in the mainline every operational hours.
Every train car can accommodate up to 394 passengers, one 3-car CKD trains set can accommodate up to 1,182 passengers while 4-car CKD train set can ride up to 1,576 passengers.
T0 recap, MRT-3 recorded an approximately 250,000 to 300,000 ridership daily before the pandemic took place in March 2020.
Meanwhile, if you still don’t know how to avail the free rides offered by MRT-3, you may consider the steps below for your reference.
How to avail the MRT-3 free rides?
To get a free ride on the fully rehabilitated MRT-3 trains, you just simply need to follow the steps provided by the Metro Rail Transit below.
Step 1: Get a single journey ticket at the station ticketing station. The ticket is free of any charge.
Step 2: To enter the platform, tap the single journey ticket at the automatic gate.
Step 3: Ride the train until you reach your destination station.
Step 4: After leaving the platform, insert the single journey ticket into the automatic gate to exit the station.
Note: You must take care of your single journey ticket and make sure that you don’t lose it because there will be a penalty worth fifty pesos for the loss or damage of a single journey ticket.
For stored value or Beep card users:
Step 1: Tap your card at the automatic gate to enter the platform.
Step 2: After leaving the train, just tap your card at the automatic gate. No amount will decreased on your card balance.
Note: Your Beep card should be active and not be expired in order for you to use it.
Moreover, the same MRT-3 safety protocols should be followed by commuters. All passengers need to go through baggage checking, temperature check and comply with minimum health protocols in line.