Wednesday, October 26, 2005

MRT 3 Ticket Scarcity

The MRT 3 ran out of ticket today.

OK, so not really, but they did ran out of stored value tickets. I regularly ride the MRT 3 along EDSA. I avoid the traffic and arrive at my destination faster. Today however, as I tried to buy a prepaid or "stored value" card, the ticket vendor told me that they were sold out.

Stored value tickets gets you out of the long queus, further shortening travel time. I cannot believe the MRT 3 administration allowed this to happen.

Anyway, I searched the web and I found this blog by J. Angelo Racoma complaining about the same thing, and wrote about it last week. Mr. Racoma has a link to the official website of the Metrostar Express, who administers the MRT. I called the office and they told me that they have ordered new tickets and it should arrive within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, I would have to arrive at the stations before 7 AM before the ticketing office runs out of stored value tickets or fall in line.

Complaints can be directed to the MRT office:

Tel. No: 929-5347 loc. 3078 and 3079
E-mail: cac@dotcmrt3.gov.ph

Alternatively, you might want to call the Light Rail Transit Authority.

Website: http://www.lrta.gov.ph/
Tel. No. - 853-0041 to 60
E-mail - lrtamain@lrta.gov.ph

1 comment:

J. Angelo Racoma said...

Yes, riding on the MRT is getting to be a drag, especially during Monday mornings, when the line spills out onto EDSA (especially at the North Ave station). They frickin' suck with their ticketing and queueing system.

Thanks for the link.

Cheers.

Angelo
http://jangelo.i.ph
http://jangelo.racoma.net