Free MRT-3 rides for elderly people until Oct. 7

By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz

October 2, 2019, 2:27 pm

<p>Metro Rail Transit 3<em> (Photo courtesy of DOTr)</em></p>

Metro Rail Transit 3 (Photo courtesy of DOTr)

MANILA -- The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) said Wednesday senior citizens would continue to enjoy free rides this week in celebration of the Elderly Filipino Week.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 management said rides for elderly people are free from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. from October 1 to 7.

Meanwhile, the MRT-3 has given free rides to a total of 106,455 students, from pre-school to college students, including those in trade or vocational schools but excluding those in graduate school.

Free rides for students are available from 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays except on holidays or during class suspensions affecting the entire Metro Manila.

The MRT-3 said the initiative aims to reduce the number of passengers during peak hours by encouraging students to go to school and home early and to help students save money on transportation.

“Layunin ng nasabing inisyatibo na matulungan ang mga mag-aaral mula preschool hanggang kolehiyo, kasama na ang mula sa mga trade/vocational school na makatipid sa pamasahe (The goal of the initiative is to help students from pre-school to college, including those in trade/vocational schools to save money on fares),” the MRT-3 said in an update posted on Facebook.

Rose Anne dela Cruz, MRT-3 communication officer, said aside from offering free rides to students, the MRT-3 also offers free transportation to other groups during holidays upon request and validation.

“Other free rides ay depende sa (depend on the) request of certain groups, such as kapag (during) Teacher’s Day, Seafarer’s Day, etc.,” dela Cruz said in a message.

Students who would like to avail of the free ride program only need to show their school identification or registration form to MRT-3 personnel in service gates within MRT-3 stations. (PNA)