Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) free rides have been extended until 30 May, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) announced on Wednesday.
MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati said that free rides on the train line will continue until end-May throughout its operating hours from 4:40 AM to 10:10 PM.
The program started last 28 March and it was supposed to end on 30 April.
“The free ride continues to help our commuters ease their financial burden amid inflation and rising fuel prices,” Capati told reporters.
“It is also so that more people can benefit from the more refurbished and improved service of the newly-rehabilitated MRT-3 line,” he said.
Last month, the MRT-3 deployed its first-ever four-car train set, which can carry up to 1,576 passengers.
According to Capati, 7,227,434 passengers have been serviced by the free ride on the MRT-3 since the launch of the program as of Tuesday morning.
The MRT-3 recorded an average weekday ridership of 306,986 from 28 March to 26 April — a 26.95 percent increase from the average weekday ridership of 241,800 from 1 to 27 March before the implementation of the free ride service.